By Susan Simonds

In her most modern booklet, Simonds offers "Integrative Relational Therapy," her designated nonpathologizing method of psychotherapy with depressed girls. IRT integrates empirically-supported cures, feminist theories of melancholy, artistic arts treatments, and mindfulness-based innovations right into a cohesive version that addresses the gender and cultural components contributing to women's melancholy. The e-book additionally addresses relapse prevention, reproductive-related occasions, specified drugs matters for ladies, and the newest study on substitute treatments. a special characteristic of the ebook contains 3 conceptual maps that advisor the therapist during the process treatment, weaving a typical thread whereas taking into account the uniqueness of every customer. a listing of integrative assets and steered readings in feminist remedy, substitute remedies, and holistic techniques to the remedy of melancholy, nervousness, and women's reproductive-related occasions also are integrated.

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Other biological hypotheses for women's high rates of depression concern sex differences in several biological markers, including gender differences in sleep EEGs, cerebrospinal fluid proteins, and levels of natural killer cells (Sprock & Yoder, 1995). However, findings are inconclusive. Several medical conditions can cause symptoms of depression including Addison's disease, AIDS, anemia, asthma, Cushing's disease, cancer, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, infectious hepatitis, influenza, mononucleosis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, and ulcerative colitis (Yapko, 2000).

1988). Some assert that while menopause may cause depressive symptoms, they are subsyndromal (Sheehy, 1998). , 1998). Other Reproductive-Related Influences on Mood. Pregnant women experience depression at the same rate as nonpregnant women. Thus, pregnancy does not increase per se the risk of depression (Klein & Essex, 1995). However, symptoms of depression and pregnancy may overlap, making depression in pregnant women sometimes challenging to diagnose. Although infertility does not in and of itself cause depression, women who are struggling with infertility may be vulnerable to depression, and depression may play a role in infertility (Domar & Dreher, 1997).

However, the process of sex role socialization produces particularly stressinducing beliefs for many women, such as: I must be loved and approved of by every significant person in my life. Other people's needs count more than my own. It is easier to avoid than to face life's difficulties. I need a strong person to lean on or provide for me. I don't have control over my emotions. (Fodor, 1988; Lewis, 1994; Wolfe & Fodor, 1975). Many women are socialized to value the ethics of care and responsibility (Gilligan, 1982), resulting in cognitive and attributional styles that are overly self-blaming and ruminative.

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