Depression is common and affects women more than men. In addition to feeling down or sad, you may also experience sleep problems, appetite or weight changes, lack of interest in activities, decrease in energy, aches and pains, feeling worthless, or even thoughts of harming yourself. Depression can also affect your social life and your ability to work or accomplish life tasks.
Yet, both women and their health care providers often see depression as a natural consequence of stressful life events – such as medical illness, loss of loved ones, and financial or housing problems. While these life events may certainly contribute to depression, it doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do. You might feel that your depression is a sign of weakness. But, please understand – depression can be treated.
The DAWN program is an innovative new treatment approach that helps you to reduce your depressive symptoms. A research study has proven that the DAWN program is effective at improving women’s mood and quality of life – regardless of social, medical or financial stressors. At the core of the DAWN program is a depression care manager – a health care professional with special training – who helps you learn ways to decrease your depression with brief, problem-focused counseling and/or medications. DAWN is a team-based approached – meaning you, the care manager, and your Ob-Gyn provider all work together to help you feel better. As a time-limited approach, DAWN gives you the information, support and direction you need to make changes that you can then maintain on your own.
Take the PHQ-9 assessment. If you score over 10, you may have depression that could be helped. Contact your health care provider about getting treatment. If you are experiencing intense thoughts of harming yourself, please go to a hospital emergency room for immediate assistance.
NOTE: This website shares information to both patients and providers about the DAWN intervention. We do not provide direct patient care, nor do we necessarily have information about services in your area. Please contact your primary care provider, Ob-Gyn provider, or local mental health service agencies/providers for your care.
- Anxiety and Depression Association
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
- Depression During and After Pregnancy
- Depression Helpbook
- Women and Depression: Discovering Hope