Depression is a common but serious illness in which feelings of sadness and hopelessness do not go away. It is one of several mood disorders that, without treatment, can greatly interfere with a person's daily life and routine, such as going to work, taking care of children, and interacting with family and friends. Women are at higher risk of depression at certain times of life, such as after having a baby or in the years just before menopause. Having a chronic illness also increases your risk of depression. Most depressive disorders respond well to treatment, which can include talk therapy, medicine, or both.
Depression During and After Pregnancy Fact Sheet - This fact sheet discusses depression during and after pregnancy, what might cause it, symptoms you may experience, and how it is treated. It also explains how untreated depression can negatively affect your life.
Depression During and After Pregnancy: A Resource for Women, Their Families, and Friends - This booklet provides information on depression during and after pregnancy, addressing a broad range of physical and emotional struggles that pregnant and postpartum women and their families face. The booklet focuses on the possible causes of perinatal depression, how to identify it, what to do, and how it can affect your baby and your family. It also discusses the differences between “baby blues,” perinatal depression, and postpartum psychosis.
St. John's Wort and Depression - This fact sheet has information about St. John's Wort, a popular herb being used by the public today to treat mild depression. This publication includes information on the FDA's role to monitor the use of this herb, how St. John's Wort works, how it is used to treat depression, and a drug interaction advisory.
Women and Depression: Discovering Hope - This brochure talks about what depression is, the different forms of depression, and the symptoms of depression in women. It also talks about how depression affects women of all ages and gives advice on where to go for help.