Women and Depression: A Global Perspective for the 21st Century
Author: Bernice Roberts Kennedy, PhD
Year Published: 2013 (Revised 2015; Revised 2020)
Format: Paper Perfect Bound Book
Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression. Depression affects all people regardless of age, geographic location, demographic, or social position. The World Health Organization estimates that depression will be the 2nd highest medical cause of disability by the year 2030, 2nd only to HIV/AIDS. Throughout the world, women experience more depression than men. Women experience similarities in the way they are socialized in the inferior status in many societies. Psychosocial stress, including multiple works, family responsibilities, poverty, sexual and physical abuse, gender discrimination, lack of social support, and traumatic life experiences, may contribute to women’s increased vulnerability to depression. Women are almost twice as likely as men to experience depression. Many factors unique to women are suspected to play a role in developing depression. This book provides an overview of depression in women around the globe. A conceptual model for improving depression in women is provided. These factors are included (a) medical treatment, (b) strategies for improving depression, (c) and alternative and complementary therapies.