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The Problem There is an extremely high rate of depression in women in America today Societal influences biological factors lack of education and lack of treatment all are big factors in contributing to this problem Women are disproportionately affected by depression when compared to men I think this issue is a very predominant problem in our society even through things I see here at USC and in my dorm This is a problem that needs to be addressed by educating the public and making more women aware of ways to get help Evidence from people who dont believe that depression is a major problem regarding womens health Many people believe that women do not experience depression or do not need help with depression because it is normal for women or that it just PMS or a natural part of being a woman Many people believe that the depression is short term emotions and that most women dont need to seek help with this According to a National Mental Health Association survey on public attitudes and beliefs about clinical depression More than one-half of women believe it is normal for a woman to be depressed during menopause and that treatment is not necessary More than one-half of women believe depression is a normal part of aging More than one-half believe it is normal for a mother to feel depressed for at least two weeks after giving birth More than one-half of women cited denial as a barrier to treatment while 41 of women surveyed cited embarrassment or shame as barriers to treatment In general over one-half of the women said they think they know more about depression than men do Lebeinlluft Evidence that There is a Problem Clinical depression affects twice as many women as men both in the US and in many societies around the world It is estimated that one
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