Depression in Women: Epidemiology, Explanations, and Impact on the Family

  • Myrna M. Weissman
  • Gerald L. Klerman
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)


Depression is a disorder of special importance when one is considering the health of women. A review of the epidemiological literature finds few exceptions to the observation that clinical depression is more common in women than in men.1 Moreover, its incidence may be increasing, and it is no longer confined to the middle-aged, the elderly, or the hospitalized. Today, the typically depressed patient is apt to be a young woman in her reproductive years, often married, living at home, and rearing children. The illness has a serious impact on her capacity to enjoy life.


Depressed Patient Maternal Depression Depressive Illness Depressed Woman Social Discrimination 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Myrna M. Weissman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gerald L. Klerman
    • 3
  1. 1.Depression Research UnitYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry, Connecticut Mental Health CenterNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Massachusetts General HospitalHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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