Healthy Mind

One in ten Americans experiences an episode of depression each year. Major and more minor depressions affect approximately twice as many women as men. An estimated 12 percent of women in the United States experience a major depression during their lifetimes, compared with 7 percent of men.

Women are 2 to 3 times more likely to have certain types of anxiety disorders, including anxiety, panic, and phobic disorders. At least 90 percent of all cases of eating disorders occur in women and a high correlation appears to exist between eating disorders and depression, and eating disorders and substance abuse.

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