Depression in Middle-aged Women

This paper discusses depression among women in the middle years: Definition, symptoms, effects, causes, sex and family aspects, self-esteem and self-expression, treatment with drugs and therapy; re-education and desensitization.

This research describes depression among women in the middle years.
Depression is an illness like kidney or heart disease. It is a mental state in which grief or anxiety or agonized feelings predominate. In Hippocrates time, the fourth century B.C., it was known as melancholia, literally ?depression,? a despondent condition thought to be one of the four temperaments of man. Today, we view depression as a product of mental, physical and social forces, which adversely change a person’s behavior, feeling state and thoughts.

Physically, depression may include such symptoms as nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, headaches, stomachaches, or abnormal neural functions. In extremity, it can result in a nervous breakdown or psychotic break. Under most conditions, it is experienced as …

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