Women & Depression
Depression is the disorder that discriminates: 10% of all men and 25% of all women will experience it at some time in their lives. This unhappy statistic is true for all women regardless of race, income, education, or occupation. Although women are more likely to be undervalued, victims of sexual abuse, or live below the poverty level (all of which could contribute to depression), there may be other factors. Puberty, after childbirth, and prior to menses (PMS) are particularly vulnerable times for women:
PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME (PMS)
Of all the times when women are most vulnerable to depression, PMS deserves honorable mention. It is estimated that 40–60% of women are affected in some way. Symptoms begin 2–10 days before the onset of menses and stop shortly afterward. They can vary in intensity from month to month. Noting when symptoms occur for 3–4 months is the only way to diagnose PMS. In addition to problems noted on the PMS Symptom Chart, a woman may experience acne, clumsiness, feelings that are out of control, violence, panic, and even epilepsy. Spasmodic cramps are not a symptom of PMS. There are several theories about possible causes and cures for periodic blues:
Contact Bair PMS Center, 1125 Gage Blvd., Suite C, Topeka, KS 66604, www.bairpms.com.