October 2004

Depression is hidden cause of many divorces


The official reason for your marriage breakup was infidelity, your partner's addiction or financial difficulties. But could the root problem have been depression?

Mark Whisman, a psychology professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder says more study is needed but based on his latest research into depression and marital satisfaction this could be the case in some divorces.

Depressed? Why a prescription may not be the answer


Feeling blue? Why a prescription may not be the answer

The escalation in prescription rates for antidepressant drugs over the last decade suggests that rates of depression have reached epidemic proportions, particularly among women. The idea that depression is an illness for which antidepressants are the cure is questioned by Dr. Janet Stoppard, author of Understanding Depression: Feminist Social Constructionist Approaches (Routledge, 2000) and co-editor (with Linda McMullen) of Situating Sadness: Women and Depression in Social Context (New York University Press. 2003).