Everyone feels worried, anxious, or sad from time to time. But when a woman has a true mental health disorder, including depression, she finds it hard to function normally.
“A woman’s unique biological, social, and cultural factors may increase her risk for depression,” says Jack Akester, Ph.D., a board member of the group Mental Health America.
The risk isn't greater because of a greater vulnerability, but because of the particular stresses many women face, Dr. Akester says.
These stressors often include conflicting responsibilities at work and home, as well as caring for children and aging parents.
Still, research indicates depression can be caused by a variety of factors:Learn more about women and depression ›