Health Power Targets Depression
Health Power is focusing on the prevention, early detection and control of depression in multicultural populations. In addition to providing basic information about depression to increase understanding, special effort will be given to decreasing the stigma associated with depression and other mental illnesses. The stigma associated with mental illness often leads to delays in seeking help, both from within the family and from health professionals.
Although depression, affects women, men, aging populations, teens, and even children, women are most likely to experience depression. The hormonal and life changes associated with menstruation, pregnancy and menopause may contribute to this higher incidence.
In men, it is often masked by alcohol, drugs or by the socially acceptable habit of working excessively long hours.
Children and teenagers under stress, who experience loss, or who have attention, learning, conduct or anxiety disorders are at a higher risk for depression. Depression also tends to run in families.