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- Main article: Clinical depression
Women are more likely to suffer from depression than men. For example it is estimated that approximately 20-25% of women and 12% of men will experience a serious depression at least once in their lifetimes. The epidemiological evidence for this is reviewed on the Depression: Sex distribution page.
There are a number of reasons advanced for this difference.
- Neurotransmitter model
Women may be more prone to depression because of the possible effects of hormones. Women have frequent changes in their hormone levels, from their monthly menstrual cycles, to the time during and after pregnancy, to menopause. Some women develop a depressive illness around these events.
Depression in girls
Depression in Women (REGION 1) (NTSC).History on Video. ASIN B00076ONHI
Key Texts – Books
Additional material – Books
Key Texts – Papers
- Kornstein SG (2001). The evaluation and management of depression in women across the life span. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 62(Suppl 24): S11–S17.
Additional material - Papers
- Altshuler LL, Cohen LS, Moline ML et al. Treatment of depression in women 2001. Postgraduate Medicine, March 2001.
- Diagnosis and Treatment of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. J Clin Psychiatry 2000;60(suppl 12) Special issue.
- Nonacs R, Cohen LS. Postpartum mood disorders: diagnosis and treatment guidelines. J Clin Psychiatry 1998; 59 (suppl 2):34-40.
- Burt VK, Altshuler LL, Rasgon N. Depressive symptoms in the perimenopause: Prevalence, assessment, and guidelines for treatment. Harvard Review of Psychiatry 1998; 121-132. Volume 55(12)
|There are further resouces on Depression in women on these psychology websites|
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