Women Get Depression Twice The Rate Of men

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While one in eight women get depression, self-help brochure discusses causes, symptoms, life stages and treatment for depression.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has released a new brochure, Women and Depression, about the many dimensions of major depression in women. It can be downloaded at www.nami.org/womendepression

  • 1 in 8 women experiences depression in their lifetime; twice the rate as men, regardless of race or ethnic background.

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  • Middle-aged Hispanic women have the highest rate of symptoms, followed by middle-aged African American women.

  • Young Asian American women have the highest rate of younger groups and the 2nd highest rate of suicide among 15 to 24 year olds. American Indians and Alaska Native adolescents are the most likely to attempt suicide and die from it.

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