Arlington, VA—The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has released a new brochure, Women and Depression, about the many dimensions of major depression in women. It can be downloaded at www.nami.org/womendepression.
"Nearly 18 million Americans experience depression every year,"said NAMI medical director Ken Duckworth, M.D. "Some experiences are unique to women, including post-partum changes, infertility, and hormonal fluctuations throughout their lives."
"Information in the brochure will help women help themselves, as well as other women in their lives. All family members benefit by learning more."
"The good news is that with correct diagnosis, most people can be treated effectively. The bad news is that two-thirds of people living with depression don’t get the help they need."
Major depression is a medical illness that affects a person’s mind, mood, body, and behavior. It is more than "feeling down" because of a recent loss or family, work or financial stresses. It occurs when these feelings become more intense and persist to the point that they affect daily functioning.
The 13-page brochure highlights symptoms, causes, women of color, life stages, and treatment, with additional sections on seeking professional help, self-help, preventing recurrent depression, and helping other women. Bulk copies for community education can be purchased on-line at www.nami.org/womendepression.
Publication of the brochure is supported by an educational grant from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. NAMI does not endorse or promote any specific medication or treatment. Individuals should consult their doctors.