Depression is very common and can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or race. Everyone feels sad once in a while but when those feelings start interfering with everyday life, it may be time to seek help. Evidence suggests that depression is related to changes in certain brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that affect our thoughts and mood. Women may also experience postpartum depression, which can be mild (called “postpartum blues”), moderate (“postpartum depression”), or severe (“postpartum psychosis”). Postpartum psychiatric disorders occur after giving birth, likely due to hormonal and physical changes along with the increased responsibility of caring for a baby.
See also: Mental Health
- Holiday Blues: Women, Depression and Obesity (Briefing, December 2010)
- “The Buena Salud: Guide to Overcoming Depression and Enjoying Life,” Jane L. Delgado, Ph.D., M.S., 2011
- “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness.” Daniel G. Amen, M.D., 2015
- “The New Mind-Body Science of Depression.” Vladimir Maletic, Charles Raison, 2015
- “Total Recovery: Breaking the Cycle of Chronic Pain and Depression.” Gary Kaplan, Donna Beech, 2015
- “A Mindful Guide Through Depression: How to Let Go of Chronic Unhappiness.” Rabhu Gudapati, 2015