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.

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.

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.

What's a psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor, who has specialised in the field of psychiatry. To be able to practice, a psychiatrist must be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), as a psychiatrist, under the specialist register. Because psychiatrists have a medical training, they can examine, diagnose and treat patients with medical illness that can lead to mental problems. Psychiatrists are also trained in psychotherapy and therefore are able to treat patients through psychotherapeutic interventions. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication and psychotherapy to treat mental illness

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