Seema S (35) had uncontrolled crying spells both in office and home. She had a happy supportive family and good job but still, the fact that her husband was going to switch job and city, made her anxious on how she will tackle her children in his absence.
When the crying spells, sleepless nights, being upset, lack of interest started interfering in her day-to-day activity; she took the help of a psychiatrist. According to doctors, Seema is one of the several women who are now not shying away from taking help of psychiatrists to treat depression.
“In last few years, I have seen more women coming forward and taking help to fight depression. Earlier, they used to get referred by other doctors. Now we see them directly coming to us, which is a welcome sign,” said Dr Parul Tank, Psychiatrist, Asian Heart Institute.
Doctors say depression is hitting women more than men and hormonal imbalance is one of the many factors for the rise in depression cases in women. “Women have been taking more responsibilities both at work and home and facing the obligation of not doing justice. They have to balance work and home which can be stressful many a times,” said Dr Heena Merchant, Psychiatrist, KEM Hospital.
Psychiatrists suggest for making a time-table where leisure time with family or ‘me-time’ is included. “You need to relax. Yoga helps too. Spending quality time with family and pursing your passion is good way to de-stress yourself,” said Dr Tank.
Psychiatrists say that while being career oriented is not a bad thing, a woman needs to plan her future to avoid the guilt feeling. “One should know what they want in life. There are many career oriented women who go for egg banking and when they are ready for the responsibility of a child, they go for it. Family support helps big time to overcome the obligations and depression a woman faces in her life,” concluded Dr Seema Hingoranny, Psychologist.