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This brochure contains an overview of five things that everyone should know about depression in women. It is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered as a guide for making medical decisions.
A 16-page resource discussing what is depression, common signs and symptom, what causes depression, who gets depression, how depression is diagnosed, how depression is treated, how to help oneself, different types of depression, mood disorders and famous people with mood disorders.
It is a common myth that as women enter the menopausal years, it is “normal” to feel depressed. Serious depression, however, should never be viewed as a “normal” event, and women who suffer from it at any time in life should receive the same attention as for any other medical illness. This guide is intended to answer commonly asked questions about depression that occurs around menopause.
A 3-page resource discussing the symptoms of depression, more common symptoms found in women, why women are more likely to experience depression, gender differences in depression and responses to treatments
This 69-guide is for people living with depression, their families and anyone who wants to understand the basics of this illness and its treatment and management. It is not a substitute for treatment from a doctor or mental health care provider, but it can be used as a basis for questions and discussion about depression. This handbook covers many aspects of depression and answers frequently asked questions. With respect to treating depression, new therapies and medications are continually being developed and some current medications may not have been available when this guide was published.
This 28-page workbook has three main goals in mind:1. To provide up-to-date information about what depression is (and what it isn’t). 2. to help identify treatments for depression and stick with it. 3. a compilation of additional suggestions in this workbook from experts in behavioral health care. There are activities and exercises in this workbook as well.
What is depression? What are the different forms of depression? What are the symptoms of depression? What illnesses often co-exist with depression? What causes depression? How do women experience depression? How do men experience depression? How do older adults experience depression? How do children and adolescents experience depression? How is depression detected and treated? How can I help a friend or relative who is depressed? How can I help myself if I am depressed? Where can I go for help? What if I or someone I know is in crisis?
A women’s suicide prevention toolkit – 12 pages
Although existing suicide literature proposes black women’s strong religious ties and social networks protect them against suicide, few studies offer black women’s perceptions. The present study examines the factors black women perceive of as protective against suicide by conducting in-depth semi-structured interviews with 33 U.S.-born black women. The results also identify two important factors researchers continue to overlook. These include: (1) Black women’s encounters with longstanding oppression appear to have aided them in developing a strong sense of resiliency that has thereby resulted in a keen sense of survival individually and culturally despite the challenges they face, and (2) black women are highly regarded within their support systems, so their levels of responsibility and commitment to others often results in the dismissal of suicide as an option.
This article analyzes the presence of gender inequality and violence in the lives of elderly women who have attempted suicide. The inequalities began in infancy with differentiated gender upbringing; these continued during their youth and with their sexual initiation, marriage and maturity these continued during their adult life through acts of violence committed by their partners and/ or other family members which culminates in old age, when they are deprived of their independence and have lost ties, possessions and points of reference. These lives permeated with violence result in a feeling of emptiness and unworthiness, and lead many elderly women to view death as their only solution.
This article summarizes a study conducted among female prisoners incarcerated in institutions for women in Quebec (two prisons and one penitentiary).2 To date, there have been few studies of suicidal behaviour among female prisoners. Notwithstanding existing differences between men and women in the community in this regard, those working in prisons for women generally agree that the situation among female prisoners is very different. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the magnitude of the suicide problem among women incarcerated in Quebec in terms of the number of previous suicide attempts, the severity of the attempts and the suicide risk potential.
This briefing focuses on suicide among women. We begin the paper with a brief summary of the current position in the literature on the issue of gender and suicide (Section 2.1). We then explore how the literature shapes our understanding of suicide among women (Section 2.2). We highlight how in direct contrast to male suicide there are a lack of studies that explore female suicide and suggest those female only studies that do exist limit our understanding of this issue among women by focusing only on physiology and mental illness (Section 2.3). Then, by examining primary data from the Understanding Suicide study we provide an overview of suicide among women in Northern Ireland (Section 3). By choosing to focus on female suicide in isolation from male suicide, we demonstrate it is possible to draw out particular issues associated with female lives that can be linked their deaths. We end by questioning whether the current ways of researching suicide allows sufficient possibility for the exploration of the social issues facing women and use our findings to make a practical, policy-driven contribution to the issue of suicide among women in Northern Ireland (section 4).
Ten adult women with a history of domestic violence and self-poisoning suicide attempts who were followed in the Neps participated in this study. Regarding suicide warning signs, the study reveals the relationship between the experience of violence and repercussions on mental health, expressed by the categories: Depressive behavior and Suicidal behavior.
This commentary is the first to synthesize information from the studies of suicide and breast implants with relevant studies measuring self-esteem, self-concept, mental health, and quality of life among women before and after getting breast implants. We sought to review what is known about the link between breast implants and suicide and identify credible hypotheses deserving of future study.