Article Links Women and Depression

As an obsessive thinker, I absolutely love stumbling upon crystal-clear explanations for perplexing difficulties. This month’s Harvard Mental Health Letter wins my vote with a well-written article that explores the link between women and depression and offers two useful supplemental handbooks for sale. “The Caregiver’s Handbook” is only about 45 pages and covers elder care challenges and solutions; “Better Bladder and Bowel Control” discusses a variety of incontinence conditions and treatments.

The depression article discusses “how biology and society may make women vulnerable to mood disorders.” All I could think of as I read it was “Aah! I knew it!” Here are some highlights.

This information reminds me that childhood traumas can threaten havoc at any time, no matter our age. And it is suddenly obvious why I love my regime of hormone replacement therapy, Zoloft (it raises serotonin levels), and the sun. Read the entire article to perhaps better understand yourself, your family, or friends.

The supplemental handbooks ($16 for newsletter subscribers; $24 for nonsubscribers) appear comprehensive and concise. A teaser for the caregiving handbook is a small but true sentence: “Settle on a plan but realize that circumstances change.” As for incontinence, apparently some 25 million Americans suffer from some form of it.

To order the newsletter and handbooks: (800) 829-5379; [email protected]; Harvard Mental Health Letter, P.O. Box 420235, Palm Coast, FL 32142.

In addition, Harvard Medical School and Simon & Schuster have just released two new books: Mind Your Heart: A Mind/Body Approach to Stress Management, Exercise, and Nutrition for Heart Health, and Mind Over Menopause: The Complete Mind/Body Approach to Coping With Menopause. Both books are sold in bookstores and online book sellers.