Journal article

The unique challenges of managing depression in mid-life women

Lorraine Dennerstein, Claudio N Soares

WORLD PSYCHIATRY | WILEY | Published : 2008

Abstract

Throughout most of their lives, women are at a greater risk of becoming depressed than men. Some evidence suggests that this heightened risk is associated with increased sensitivity to the hormonal changes that occur across the female reproductive lifecycle. For some women, the peri-menopause and early post-menopausal years may constitute a "window of vulnerability" during which challenging physical and emotional discomforts could result in significant impairment in functioning and poorer quality of life. A number of biological and environmental factors are independent predictors for depression in this population, including the presence of hot flashes, sleep disturbance, history of severe pr..

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