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Mind-body Resilience for Women: A Focus on Depression

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Psychiatric Times

Erin Smith, Mark Heinemeyer, Sandra Bond Chapman, Paul Zarutskie, Zoe Wainer, Michael Berk, Antonella Santuccione Chadha and Harris Eyre

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Overview

Research suggests that depression plays a major role in global disability and disease, and that the critical barriers blocking healthcare resources for depression, and proliferating stigma and misunderstanding, have a disproportionate impact upon women. This article summarizes the heightened risks experienced by women – including biological factors, intimate partner violence, chronic health conditions and dementias – while developing an agenda for women-focused solutions. Focusing on health equity and public health, this team of researchers maintains a clear distinction between sex and gender while exploring the causes of these barriers. They contend the most significant gaps in healthcare call for new technology, drug development and convergence solutions that combine multiple domains to provide women-focused solutions that will help build a more resilient society and world.

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Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD

Chief Director Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project


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