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Depression in women: Understanding the gender gap

Women are nearly twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression. Depression can occur at any age.

Some mood changes and depressed feelings occur with normal hormonal changes. But hormonal changes alone don’t cause depression. Other biological factors, inherited traits, and personal life circumstances and experiences are associated with a higher risk of depression. Here’s what contributes to depression in women.

Topics include:

  • Puberty
  • Premenstrual problems
  • Pregnancy
  • Postpartum depression
  • Perimenopause and menopause
  • Life circumstances and culture

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