Year: 1999 Source: American Family Physician, v.60, no.1, (July 1999), p.225-234 SIEC No: 20010357

Women experience depression twice as often as men. The diagnostic criteria for depression are the same for both genders, but women with depression more frequently experience guilt, anxiety, increased appetite & sleep, weight gain, & comorbid eating disorders. Women who have severe depression accompanied by active suicidal thoughts or plans should usually be managed in conjunction with a psychiatrist. This article includes a discussion of significant risk factors for suicide attempts & suicide completions in women as well as some basic treatment principles. (38 refs.)