Serotonin to Blame for Higher Depression Levels in Women

Four times more women than men suffer from depression

Studies reveal that women have higher depression levels than men and this because of the neurotransmitter serotonin whose levels differ significantly between men and women. While depression affects a paltry 10% of men, a whopping 40% of women seek treatment for feeling low due to hormonal or other biochemical reasons.

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Female brains are wired to have more mood swings

According to research, female brains are wired to make them more anxious, depressed and have mood swings. While men may suffer from all these, these conditions are more likely in women folk. Researchers at Karolinksa Institute in Sweden scanned brains of both sexes and found that female brains held onto serotonin for much longer than male brains and that male brains produced more of this transmitter than female brains.

Men produce 52% more serotonin than women

This disparity in serotonin levels and utilization could be the reason for higher depression levels in women compared to men. Researchers at the University of Montreal in Canada also discovered that men make 52% more serotonin than women, results which further reinforce those of the Swedish institute.

Fluctuating estrogen levels further accentuate depression and mood swings

Fluctuating estrogen levels are also part of the reason why she may be feeling very happy now only for her to become moody for no apparent reason. Have you always wondered why depression never seems to leave you? Blame it on the hormones!

About Shilaho 80 Articles
Born in Kakamega, Kenya, Shilaho Wa Muteshi is a published author, a biochemist and reproductive health consultant based in the city of Nairobi. He has more than ten years experience in teaching Public Health, Disease Epidemiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Maternal Child Health and Family Planning, HIV and Aids and many others at College and Undergraduate level. He has also managed various tertiary institutions in Kenya and also runs Smartpen Consultants. He has published two major novels, The Aids Ward, and Remains of Dead Hope. The Aids Ward is based on Dr. Mlachi who must beat a supernatural deadline by finding a cure for Aids before his brother dies. Remains of Dead Hope, depicts the fight of a people against tyranny. The two books are available worldwide via amazon.com, Google's goodreads.com and other major booksellers and stockists. Welcome to your favorite author's blog.

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