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Lack of Support for Women Equals Depression
January 13, 2011
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Loretta
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I ran across an article today that said that a recent study showed that women are becoming depressed because they don't get enough support from those around them.  Their depressions then lead to doctors overmedicating them.  The inference was that women end up taking too much medication, prescribed, when that isn't a help or what they really need.  Any thoughts on this?

January 13, 2011
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Maybe not so much that they don't get enough support, as much as they are looking in the wrong places for fulfillment. It has been shown that women who have faith in God are somewhat less likely to get severely depressed than their non-believing counterparts; at least partly because they need less from external sources because they have an internal strength due to their faith. 

Which is not to say that a good support system is unnecessary - because it definitely is necessary and very helpful!

January 15, 2011
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I know what you mean.  I think part of the article I read was stressing that doctors aren't really reading the signs right and just prescribe pills by rote.  I tend to agree with that accessment.

January 16, 2011
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I agree with this. My family lives in another state and the only one I have here is my husband who is in no way supportive. The doctors have tried to put me on anti-depressants which I refuse to take because I don't want to be medicated. I do get depressed from time to time but it's not a constant.

January 16, 2011
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Rhyannon, I'm sorry to hear that you find yourself without a support system. Perhaps you could visit some area churches or other group meetings (such as a hobby group or book club or something) and find some people.

January 17, 2011
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Alise has a good idea.  Try to get involved in a group for something you like.  Church is great, or volunteer work of some kind, or reading clubs.  I am glad that you have a handle on it.  I think being aware helps to fight it a lot.

January 23, 2011
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I agree with this. I didn't have a lot of support from anyone until I began dating my husband. He was very supportive as he had experience with mood disorders and his family members. Mine weren't as helpful. Usually they would say things like my mood was just a phase or my favorite, "just get over it."

January 26, 2011
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Medication is too freely given these days. It really seems like it's automatic with most doctors to offer anyone who is a little "down" or just needs something in their lives. I don't like that. I would rather find another way but I'm way too far into the medication now to back out. I'm afraid I'm chemically addicted to those medications and I've been warned not to go off of them on my own.

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Women would always feel depressed. They mostly have women around them whom they cannot consider supportive to them.

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