Depression in Women
Life is full of emotional ups and downs. But when the "down" times are long-lasting or interfere with your ability to function, you may be suffering from a common, serious illness -- depression.
No two women become depressed in exactly the same way. Many women have only some of the symptoms, and these symptoms may vary in severity and duration. For some, symptoms occur in time-limited episodes; for others, symptoms can be present for long periods if no treatment is sought.
The good news is that for most women, treatment is highly successful. Depressive illnesses will make you feel exhausted, worthless, helpless, and hopeless -- and you may want to give up. However, it is important to realize that these negative feelings are part of the depression and will fade as treatment begins to take effect. Just don't expect too much of yourself right away. Feeling better takes time.