How Depression Affects Lives

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.


Show Notes

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  1. What is Depression?
  1. 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.
  1. 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
  1. 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