FACT SHEET - Women and Depression

FACT SHEET - Women and Depression

Facts on Women and Depression

Symptoms of Depression:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says symptoms of depression include the
following:

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a condition that can strike women who have had a child recently. It affects between 10 percent and 20 percent of new mothers, and it appears within two to eight weeks after birth. The condition may occur after any birth.

Postpartum Depression Risk Factors

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, women are more at risk for ostpartum depression when they:

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

SAD, or Winter Depression, is a condition caused by a deficiency of light during winter months. SAD affects females more than males. Symptoms of SAD include:

Treatment of Depression

Cynthia Davidson, D.O., an osteopathic physician practicing preventive medicine in Wells, Maine, recommends the following for women who may be suffering from depression:

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) urges women to contact their osteopathic family physician for advice on preserving good health for an active lifestyle. Osteopathic physicians (D.O.s), physicians treating people, not just symptoms, are especially well qualified to assist in preventive healthcare since they are fully trained licensed physicians who have additional training that focuses on the body's structure and function, and its ability to heal itself.

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