In an article in the Miami Herald, Scientific Council Member Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, discusses the fact that women are twice as likely to develop depression as men. He cites new medical advances in the form of new medications and alternative treatments, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation and deep brain stimulation that are options for patients who have not responded to other treatments.
Dr. Nemeroff notes that women are particularly prone to depression after childbirth and during menopause. “Not any single one of these factors may be the reason why women may be more vulnerable. But when you put them together, they probably conspire to increase the risk,” Nemeroff said.