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Depression in Women
Women experience depression about twice as often as men. Many factors may
contribute to depression in women--particularly such factors as
menstruation, pregnancy, miscarriage, postpartum period, and menopause.
Many women also face additional stresses such as responsibilities
both at work and home, single parenthood, and caring for children
and for aging parents.
Many women are also particularly vulnerable after the birth of a baby. The
hormonal and physical changes, as well as the added responsibility
of a new life, can be factors that lead to postpartum depression
in some women. Treatment by a sympathetic physician and the family's
emotional support for the new mother are prime considerations
in aiding her to recover her physical and mental well-being and
her ability to care for and enjoy the infant.
Although conventional wisdom holds that depression is most closely
associated with menopause, in fact, the childbearing years are
marked by the highest rates of depression, followed by the years
prior to menopause.
Data from a recent study suggests that stressful life experiences may play
a larger role in provoking recurrent episodes of depression in women than in
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