Year: 1998 Source: Journal of Gender-Specific Medicine, v.1, no.3, (1998), p.40-43 SIEC No: 20040350

This article provides a gender-based overview of the current literature on depression. Characteristics common to both genders include depressive recurrence, chronic depression associated with an increased risk for suicide, & comorbid disorder complications; differences include substance abuse or dependence, completed suicides, rapid cycling, & seasonality. Inconsistencies regarding gender differences in the course of major depression are also discussed. (30 refs)