It’s a startling trend: Every generation born after World War II has had a higher rate of depression than the last– and more cases that start younger in life. Women are particularly prone to depression, with its burden of emotional pain, medical problems and financial woes.
The good news: You can protect yourself. The key is to avoid depression traps – habits or behaviors that can lead to depression. Research and my own clinical work with depressed women confirms the importance of developing alternatives to these pitfalls. While you can’t depression proof your life – genetics plays a role, for example -- there are many things you can do to help prevent depression, to identify and alleviate mild depressive episodes, and to create a happier lifestyle. Let’s start with the biological, and move on to the psychological and social. Here’s how.