Busy Ladies episode 24 brings to you a look at the effects of depression on women. Listen as Debbie and Colleen discuss their experiences working in the mental health field and how depression affects lives.
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- What is Depression?
- Depression Stats
- Depression appears to affect more women than men. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that about 12 million women are affected by a depressive disorder each year compared to about 6 million men.
- About 12 million American women suffer from depression every year and about two-thirds don’t get the help they need.
- Women experience twice the rate of depression as men, regardless of race or ethnic background. Researchers suspect that many factors unique to women’s lives play a role.
- Risk Factors
- Hormonal changes
- Pregnancy (postpartum) or around menopause
- A previous depressive episode
- Family history of depression
- History of heart problems
- Serious chronic illness
- Marital problems
- Substance abuse
- Use of drugs that could trigger depression
- A stressful life event, such as job loss or death
- Diseases that could trigger depression, such thyroid disease
- Recent serious illness or surgery
- Childhood history of physical or sexual abuse
- Being a worrier or being overly anxious
- Having an eating disorder or an anxiety disorder
- Prevention/Decrease Risks
- Finding a reason to get up in the morning
- Find support – someone to talk to
- Find local resources
- Evaluate your relationships
- Contact your doctor