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Mind-Body Resilience for Women: A Focus on Depression

Portrait of a middle-aged woman looking solemnly through a window on a rainy day.

Psychiatric Times

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

Here’s why we should be paying special attention to women's depression treatment. Read full article


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. Women experience heightened risks – including biological factors, intimate partner violence, chronic health conditions and dementias – that demand attention to 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.


By developing women-focused solutions for depression that account for various factors, including the relationship between depression with heart disease and dementia in women, we can 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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