Women more likely to suffer major depression

May 11, 2009 2:31:10 PM PDT
Women are said to be twice as likely as men to suffer from major depression. The Department of Health and Human Services finds the rates of anxiety disorders are 2 to 3 times higher in women than men.

According to the report, a history of violence, trauma or abuse are associated with an increased risk of depression, post-traumatic stress and panic disorder, as well as a tendency for women to engage in risky behaviors.

The report also finds female veterans may face a higher risk of post-traumatic stress than their male counterparts.

On the other hand, family and other personal relationships appear to help ward off mental illness and enable women to mentally rebound from difficult events.