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Women and Depression
NAMI has released a new brochure, Women and Depression, about the many dimensions of major depression in women.
"Nearly 18 million Americans experience depression every year," said NAMI medical director Ken Duckworth, M.D. "Some experiences are unique to women, including post-partum changes, infertility, and hormonal fluctuations throughout their lives."
Major depression is a medical illness that affects a person’s mind, mood, body, and behavior. It is more than "feeling down" because of a recent loss or family, work or financial stresses. It occurs when these feelings become more intense and persist to the point that they affect daily functioning.
The 16-page brochure highlights symptoms, causes, women of color, life stages, and treatment, with additional sections on seeking professional help, self-help, preventing recurrent depression, and helping other women. Some facts from the brochure:
The brochure can be downloaded or bulk copies for community education can be purchased at www.nami.org/womendepression.