By Valerie Whiffen
Women experience depression at a higher rate than men, and researchers have recently uncovered evidence that suggests this may be due to the higher importance they place on their interpersonal relationships.
Some of these researchers believe that women who struggle with relationships may be at higher risk for depression because their relationships with their spouses, children, families of origin, and community are intertwined with their self-esteem and perception of personal success. This book examines the often hidden relationship factors that make women depressed, the secret sadness that can last a lifetime.
Using three detailed case studies from her own practice, author Valerie Whiffen shows you how interpersonal problems can contribute to depression and how working through these underlying issues can help you heal.
She guides you to explore your own relationships with parents, siblings, children, and intimate partners, looking for ways that feelings about relationships may contribute to feelings of hopelessness, sadness, anxiety, fear, failure, and inertia.
You’ll ultimately be able to use this information to help overcome feelings of depression in your own life. 208 pages. 6 x 9. Softcover. 2009.