SOURCE: EmpowHER

EmpowHER

November 01, 2011 07:00 ET

EmpowHER Helps Women Cope With Depression Through New Resource Center

Top Women's Social Health Company Announces Resource Dedicated to Information About Prevention and Treatment of Depression

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - Nov 1, 2011) - Nearly 21 million Americans are affected by depression each year, making it a leading cause of disability in the United States, according to Mental Health America. Once regarded as merely "the blues," today's health care professionals treat chronic depression for what it truly is -- a serious medical condition. To help support the growing number of people affected by the disease, EmpowHER, an award-winning social health company for women, now offers a free online Depression Resource Center. The resource center provides easy access to the latest news, expert advice and community groups concerned with preventing, treating and coping with depression.

A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control shows that as many as 1 in 10 U.S. adults report being depressed, with women more likely to become depressed than men. Additionally, the prescribing of antidepressant drugs rose nearly 400% since 1988. The study also finds that more than 1 in 10 Americans over age 12 now take an antidepressant, yet two-thirds of those with severe symptoms of depression do not take antidepressants at all. Understanding not only the importance of recognizing the symptoms of depression, but also the importance of seeking proper medical treatment and support, is critical for one's health and wellness.

EmpowHER's Depression Resource Center offers women the information they need to break free from the chains of depression. Here, women can learn from expert advice, hear stories from other women affected by the disease and discover ways to take control of their own mental health.

Content on EmpowHER's Depression Resource Center includes:

Suicidal Thoughts and Depression: How Can I Find Help?
Recognizing Childhood Depression
Feeling Stressed, Depressed or Anxious? Try These Healthy Snacks

"Depression is an all-too-common disease here in America," says EmpowHER Founder, Chairperson and CEO Michelle King Robson. "Tragically, many women do not seek treatment because they are concerned with the stigma associated with mental illness, or, they simply elect to 'tough it out,' dismissing their symptoms as part of everyday life. The fact of the matter is that no woman should ever feel alone or helpless while struggling with this condition. To help women understand, treat and cope with depression, EmpowHER now offers a resource rich with information and support designed to help women better take control of their health and wellness."

About EmpowHER
EmpowHER Media is an award-winning, HON-certified social health company for women. The Company's flagship and Top 5 women's health and wellness site and community -- EmpowHER.com -- is the home for female health consumers. We call them Chief Health and Wellness Officers of the home. EmpowHER.com provides visitors access to one of the largest women's health and wellness content libraries on the Web, as well as one of the most active online communities of women discussing their health and wellness issues. Health care professionals, health and wellness marketers, and agency professionals rely on EmpowHER Media for reaching the most influential health and wellness buyer on the Internet -- women. Millions of women visit EmpowHER.com every year, making it one of the largest and fastest-growing resources dedicated exclusively to women's health and wellness.

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