Women and Depression

Women experience depression about twice as often as men.

Causes of Depression in Women

Hormonal factors such as menstrual cycle changes, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), pregnancy, miscarriage, postpartum period, perimenopause, and menopause may contribute to the increased rate of depression in women.

Many women also face additional stresses including responsibilities both at work and home, single parenthood, and caring for children and aging parents.

Postpartum Depression

Women are particularly vulnerable after the birth of a baby. The hormonal and physical changes, as well as the added responsibility of a new life, may lead to postpartum depression in women. While transient “blues” are common in new mothers, a full-blown depressive episode is not a normal occurrence and requires active intervention.

Treatment by a sympathetic physician and her family’s emotional support are prime considerations in helping the new mother recover her physical and mental well-being as well as her ability to care for and enjoy the infant

Our Specialists

UT Southwestern mental health specialists provide a variety of treatments to women with depression, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for treatment-resistant depression. Our physicians and researchers also offer several clinical trials to patients suffering from depression.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment at UT Southwestern's facilities in Dallas or for more information about our depression services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.