Contrary to popular belief, clinical depression is not a normal part of being a woman nor is it a female weakness. Depressive illnesses are serious medical illnesses that affect more than 19 million American adults age 18 and over each year. Depression is a treatable medical illness that can occur in any woman, at any time, and for various reasons regardless of age, race or income.
Fortunately, clinical depression is a very treatable illness. More than 80 percent of people with depression can be treated successfully with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of both.
Women's Attitudes Toward Depression:
According to a National Mental Health Association survey on public attitudes and beliefs about clinical depression:
For additional resources, please call 1-800-969-NMHA. NMHA's Campaign for America's Mental Health works to raise awareness that mental illnesses are common, real and treatable illnesses and ensure that those most at-risk receive proper, timely and effective treatment.