Women, depression and your OB/GYN

Important facts about depression:

  • Depression is a very important medical condition. It affects 5-13% of adults. It is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and costs more than $80 billion a year in direct and indirect medical expenses.

  • Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from depression, the incidence of depression among women ranges from 10-23%.

  • About 14-23% of women who are pregnant will have depression

  • About 70% of women who have just delivered a baby will develop the baby blues, this should last two weeks at the most.

  • About 10-15% of women will develop post partum depression.

  • Women (and men) should be encouraged to "speak up when they are down."

  • Treatment options include therapy and anti-depressants. Some people find aerobic exercise helpful. Efforts to reduce stress and anxiety may also help.
Other risk factors for depression include:
  • Medical illness
  • Family history
  • Bereavement
  • Unemployment
  • Substance abuse
For more information and topics covered at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists go to www.acog.org.

>> Learn more about postpartum depression

About Dr. Jennifer Gunter:

Dr Gunter is a nationally and internationally renowned obstetrician/gynecologist and a leading expert in the field of sexual health. She is the recipient of numerous awards and has published extensively in medical journals.

>> Learn more about Dr. Gunter at the SF Sexual Health Examiner's

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