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June 2012
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Throughout the world, rates of depression are greater among females than males, and this gender gap emerges during adolescence and persists throughout adulthood. Until recently, women's health has centered on the topic of reproductive health, because research focused almost exclusively on biological and anatomical differences distinguishing men and women. Social and behavioral research on gender differences in health now employs multiple disciplinary frameworks and methodologies, and researchers seek to understand the higher rates of specific diseases and disorders in women and men. Symptoms of depression and the diagnosis of depression are more prevalent in women, and research that focuses on biological, psychological, and sociopolitical explanations for this gender gap should now be brought together to better inform efforts at treatment and prevention. Women and Depression is a handbook that serves to move toward a more integrative approach to women's depression in particular and mental health for all more generally.


'It integrates information from a multidisciplinary perspective, including psychiatry, psychology, sociology, public health and public policy … this volume stands out as one that meets the high standard set in the field. The editors have done a masterful job of assembling an excellent group of authors, knowledgeable about the major issues related to the impact of depression on women.'

Source: Journal of Psychological Medicine

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  • 1 - Depression
    pp 3-21
  • From Nosology to Global Burden
    • By Kay Wilhelm, University of New South Wales, Faculty of Medicine, School of Psychiatry, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia

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