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ask: Depression In Women: Understanding the Gender Gap

By Tina Tran
 
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The Mayo Clinic reports that about twice as many women as men experience depression. Hormones, work overload and sexual abuse are among the factors that may increase a woman's risk of depression. Many women turn to antidepressants to deal with the condition but is medication really the right treatment? The Mayo Clinic offers a general fact sheet on depression and breakdowns on SSRIs, SNRIs and NDRIs.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/antidepressants/HQ01069

For alternatives, check out the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine http://nccam.nih.gov/

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GauguinFan

Not to downplay depression (at all) but physical exercise can help enormously. I am a believer in taking medication when necessary, but I also know there is a strong link between our physical and mental health.

Exercise won't 'cure' depression but I think it should go hand in hand with treatment.

Do you know the major signs of depression? Would you recognize any of the symptoms if you had them?

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