Depression is referred to as a group of symptoms that reflects a sad and/or irritable mood that exceeds normal sadness or grief. In comparison to men,women usually develop depression at an earlier age. Women also tend to be depressed longer and more often. Women are more prone to seasonal depression than men are. Symptoms of depression in women usually include: eating or sleeping too much; craving carbohydrates more than normal, weight gain, a heavy feeling in the arms and legs, mood swings, and trouble getting to sleep). Also, women with depression are more anxious and tend to suffer from eating disorders, and dependent personality. Depression is also very commen in women who are experiencing perimenopause. The is the time of life immediately before and after menopause, can last as long as 10 years. While perimenopause and menopause are normal stages of life, perimenopause increases the risk of depression during that time. Also, women who have had depression in the past are five times more likely to develop major depression during perimenopause. Women's Health recommends you to seek help from your healthcare provider if you feel that you may be suffering from depression.