Chronic Depression in Women.[CME]
J Clin Psychiatry 2002;63:602-609
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Chronic depression represents an important public health concern for women. It is
underrecognized and undertreated and is associated with significant functional impairment and
high rates of comorbidity. Moreover, recent
research suggests that chronic depression may
affect women more seriously than men; for example, women may experience illness onset at an
earlier age and experience more severe
psychosocial impairment compared with men. Recent
studies have demonstrated the efficacy of both
antidepressant medications and psychotherapy in
treating chronic depression, with differential
responsiveness to some treatments between women
and men. Young women should be screened carefully and treated vigorously to prevent the serious
consequences of this condition.