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Are women at higher risk for major depression?

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Almost twice as many women as men have major or clinical depression; hormonal changes during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, miscarriage, and menopause, may increase the risk.

Other factors that boost the risk of clinical depression in women who are biologically vulnerable to it include increased stress at home or at work, balancing family life with career, and caring for an aging parent. Raising a child alone will also increase the risk.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Depression?" and "What Are the Different Forms of Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 13, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Depression?" and "What Are the Different Forms of Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 13, 2018

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