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An examination of the illness of depression as it relates to women.
# 152291 | 2,077 words | 10 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 23, 2013 in Psychology (Disorders)

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This paper addresses five major misconceptions and myths about depression and identifies the risk factors which are associated with a woman's development of depression. The paper looks at the psychological and physical symptoms indicative of a diagnosis of depression and explores the treatment of this illness. The paper concludes by looking at the future prognosis for those suffering from depression.

Myths and Misconceptions of Depression
Risk Factors for Depression Amongst Women
Psychological and Physical Symptoms Indicative of Diagnosis of Depression
Treatment of Depression
Conclusion: Prognosis for the Future

From the Paper:

"Specifically, in the United States, research reveals that in the United States more than 17 million people experience depression each year, and, women are almost twice as likely as men to experience depression ("Women and depression," nd). In fact, this two-to-one ratio exists regardless of racial and ethnic background or economic status. Moreover, the same ratio has been reported in ten other countries all over the world (, 2008).
It is important to note here that depression is much more than temporary blues or duldrums; instead, depression is typified by a "sense of crushing hopelessness or helplessness, and are able, for the most part, to continue to engage in regular activities" ("Depression Resources, Education About Depression and Unipolar Depression," n.d.). While there is no laboratory test per se for major depression, physicians generally request tests for physical conditions that may cause similar symptoms. Furthermore, the most common time of onset is between the ages of 30 and 40 years, with a later peak between 50 and 60 years. While these are some of the facts in which we do understand about depression, there are many myths which many of us incorrectly deem to be fact."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders. 4th ed. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association, 1994: Copyright 1994.
  • Angell, Marcia. 1997. The Ethics of Clinical Research in the Third World. [Editorial] New England Journal of Medicine 337(12):847-849.
  • Depression: Myths and Facts. (n.d.). Retrieved from Stress Management.
  • Depression Resources, Education About Depression and Unipolar Depression. (n.d.). Retrieved April 20, 2010, from
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