Many factors in women may contribute to depression, such as developmental, reproductive, hormonal, genetic and other biological differences.  Social factors may also lead to higher rates of clinical depression among women, including stress from work, family responsibilities, the roles and expectations women and increased rates of sexual abuse and poverty.  Women experience depression at roughly twice the rate of men.  Girls 14-18 years of age have consistently higher rates of depression than boys in this age group.

  • Approximately 12 million women in the United States experience clinical depression each year.
  • About one in every eight women can expect to develop clinical depression during their lifetime.
  • Depression occurs most frequently in women aged 25 to 44.

Depression in women is misdiagnosed approximately 30 to 50 percent of the time.  Fewer that half of the women who experience Clinical depression will ever seek care.  Depression is a very treatable illness.