Depression is a serious medical illness affecting 5 to 8 percent of the adult population in a given year. Unlike normal emotional experiences of sadness, loss, or passing mood states, major depression is persistent and can significantly interfere with an individual's thoughts, behaviour, mood, activity, and physical health. Among all medical illnesses, major depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and many other developed countries. Depression occurs twice as frequently in women as in men, for reasons that are not fully understood. More than half of those who experience a single episode of depression will continue to have episodes that occur as frequently as once or even twice a year. Without treatment, the frequency of depressive illness as well as the severity of symptoms tend to increase over time. Left untreated, depression can lead to suicide. This book presents the latest research in the field.
Preface; Sex Differences in Smoking Prevalence and Characteristics Associated with Receptivity to Quitting in Psychiatric Patients; Dyslexia, Depression and Gender: Dyslexia Defense Mechanisms (DDMs); Dyslexia, Depression and Gender: Research Studies; Differential Risk for Emotion Processing Difficulties by Gender and Age in Major Depressive Disorder; Gender Differences in Depression in Patients with Neurological Diseases; Networking rCBF Gender Differences in Major Depression; Gender Differences and Pharmacogenomics with Antidepressants in Depression; (Eugene Lin, Vita Genomics, Inc., Taiwan, Sen-Yen Hsu, Department of Psychiatry, Chi Mei Medical Center, Taiwan); Contributors to Depressive Symptoms in Older Women with HIV: Health and Psychosocial Stressors; Depression during Late Adult Years; Depression in Women with Diabetes: A Review and Methodological Critique; Risk and Resilience Factors for Depression in Women with Cancer; Depression in Women with Epilepsy; Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) and Depression; Relative Risk for Developing Depression in Complicated Osteoporosis: Clinical Study; Depression in Women Physicians and Nurses: A View from Athens, Greece; Comparing the Profile and Presence of Depression among Nursing Students from Diurnal and Afternoon Courses; Women, Depression, and Cardiovascular Disease; Depression as a Risk Factor for Coronary Heart Disease in Women; Index.