What is a psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has specialised in psychiatry. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication and psychotherapy to treat depression and other mental illnesses.

Is depression more common amongst women?

Yes. Twice as many women than men are affected. Some estimate that as many as one in five women will experience an episode of depression during any given year.

Can depression be prevented?

One cannot alter a genetic vulnerability or a history of loss but much can be done to decrease stressors. Read the articles in the "Living with depression" section for some important lifestyle tips.

Does depression run in families?

Yes. Having a close relative who has suffered from a depressive disorder, especially Bipolar Disorder, increases the likelihood of developing depression.

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Michael Simpson has been a senior psychiatric academic, researcher, and Professor in several countries, having worked at London University in the UK; McMaster University in Canada; Temple University in Philadelphia, USA.; and the University of Natal in South Africa.

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