Depression is a mood disorder that can range from mild to severe. It can mean you experience less interest or pleasure in daily activities for an extended period of time. In general, more women experience depression compared to men. 

Symptoms can include:  

  • low mood  
  • loss of interest or pleasure 
  • sleep disturbances  
  • change in appetite or weight 
  • trouble with concentration and memory  
  • inability to function at home, work, or in the community 
  • recurrent thoughts of death or suicidal ideation      

Depression can be associated with an increased risk of heart conditions and stroke. Younger women are more at risk of developing depression after a heart disease diagnosis. Depression is also more common during perimenopause and tends to decline after menopause. Women diagnosed with a heart condition or stroke before the age of 60 may be at a particularly high-risk for depression following their diagnosis, with rates substantially higher than in men.  

Be aware of mood changes and reach out. Talk to your friends, family and healthcare providers and access community supports.