Depression appears to affect more women than men. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that about 12 million women are affected by a mental disorder each year compared to about 6 million men.
Women need a connection with others in their lives. We need that sustenance, and if we don't have it, we tend to get depressed. Sometimes, hormonal changes can also trigger the condition, particularly after pregnancy (postpartum) or around menopause.
To help reduce risk of depression, find a reason to get up in the morning. Work, community, love, pets, and volunteering can be good reasons. Statistically, the healthiest adults, both in women and men, are people in significantly caring relationships. Adults not in nurturing relationships can reduce their risk of depression by making efforts to reach out into the community.