Depression & drugs: women suffer depression at more than twice the rate of men
Depression is unpredictable. It threatens to invade the consciousness when you least expect it -- like a shadow lurking in a dark corner of a cobweb that appears in a solitary ray of light. It's a secret that I've harboured all my life, something dark, odious. For years, I felt it could only be explained by taking my life.
GINA was 24 when she became a first-time mother of twin boys. One of the twins was completely healthy, but the other developed lung problems immediately after birth. This second twin was placed immediately in the intensive care unit and remained in hospital for four months before he could go home. Gina broke down during a visit to her doctor's office. Her doctor spent a long time talking with her and uncovered the whole routine of Gina's day. This tired young woman had essentially become a milk machine, with little energy and little joy.
HOST: Valerie Pringle
GUEST: Kathy Cronkite, Author, "On the Edge of Darkness"
An early warning: New studies show that childhood depression can mean serious problems later in life
Contrary to popular belief, even mild episodes of depression in childhood are often harbingers of repeated, more serious bouts of depression later in life, according to results of the first major study to track depressed children into their early adult years.
The finding challenges the assumption that a period of depression in a child is an isolated event that will have no lasting effect -- that children ``grow out of it'' -- and suggests a compelling need to treat depressed children.
Dear Doctor: I was suffering depression, and my doctor prescribed the drug Pamelor for it. Instead of feeling better, the depression got worse for me. Was the drug responsible? - J.T.
I don't think the drug itself made your depression worse. Depression therapy is funny. The depression often gets worse at the start of treatment, no matter what it is - drug or counselling. It just seems to be a natural progression of events.