Depression: Bottom of the Mountain (cont.)

The good news for women is that, although they're more likely to be affected by depression than men, they are also more likely to get treated. And the best way to get that treatment, of course, is to seek it out. Women experiencing depressive symptoms for more than a couple of weeks should see their doctor for a referral to a mental health specialist. What are the symptoms of depression? They can include, but are not limited to:

  • Tiredness
  • A persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
  • Sleeping too little, early morning awakening, or sleeping too much
  • Reduced appetite and/or weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that don't respond to treatment
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

Most current research indicates that while both antidepressant medications and therapy are effective in combating depression, the most potent treatment combines the two.

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