HHS finds women at greater risk for depression

May 11, 2009 1:01:19 PM PDT
A government report out today finds that women are nearly twice as likely as men to suffer from major depression. The report from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health also finds that the rates of anxiety disorders are two to three times higher in women than men.

According to the report, a history of violence, trauma or abuse are associated with an increased risk of depression, post traumatic stress and panic disorder as well as a tendency for women to engage in risky behaviors. It says female veterans may face a higher risk of post traumatic stress disorder than their male counterparts.

On the other side of the equation, the report says family and other personal relationships appear to help ward off mental illness and enable a woman to mentally rebound from difficult events.

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