Women and Depression: The Influence of Gender in Major Depressive Disorder

  • María Asunción Lara
Part of the Issues in Children's and Families' Lives book series (IICL, volume 8)

Personal Journey: María Asunción Lara

Awareness of the suffering and burden that depression imposed on women and the limitations in available mental health services, mainly for poor women, as well as the need to build bridges between clinical practice, research, and public mental health led me to research in this area.

Undertaking research with economically disadvantaged women with clinical depression at the Ramón de la Fuente National Institute of Psychiatry, in Mexico City, sensitized me to their everyday difficulties and emotional distress, and their need for information to cope with their problems. With the goal of developing educational material that would meet the need of these women, I gathered information from various sources including my own experience as a clinical psychologist. With the help of colleagues, we printed this material as a comic book. Piloting this book with focus groups, we realized the potential for it working with groups. We are now disseminating this...


Depressive Symptom Mental Health Service Sexual Abuse Domestic Violence Eating Disorder 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



I would like to thank Laura Elena Navarrete and Soledad Ansaldi for their great help in retrieving articles from the Web, for checking and writing up the reference list, and for doing some summaries.


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  1. 1.Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente, Department of Epidemiology & Psychosocial ResearchSan Lorenzo HuipulcoMéxico, D.F. 14370

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