Living With Depression

Recognize that a depressive disorder is more than the blues. Without treatment, depression can last for weeks, months, even years. The first step is to see your primary care physician. Learn more ›

Women and Depression: Understanding the Gender Gap

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:

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Focus on Keeping Your Spirits Up

You know that you should eat healthy foods and get some exercise to feel good and live longer. Another key part to living longer is your mental health.

Good mental health is just an important as good physical health. But we all face changes in life that can challenge our emotional well being. For example, even if you always looked forward to retirement, you might miss working. Or, maybe you've moved and you miss your old friends.

Whatever happens in your life, make your mental health a priority. You'll feel better and deal with stress better. These ideas can keep your spirits up:

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Research shows that more women than men experience depression. This could be because women are more likely than men to report and seek help for depressed feelings.