Mental Health

Depression More Likely for Women Prone to Addiction

| by Alex Groberman

According to a new study, depression symptoms may periodically increase for women in their 30s and 40s who are prone to addiction issues and antisocial behavior.

The report, which is published in the most recent issue of the journal Development and Psychopathology, took aim at analyzing how the family history, family life and neighborhood happenings impacted alcoholism symptoms in 271 women over a one-year span. The research was conducted during the initial years of marriage and motherhood for the women involved.

In the research, it was noted that despite the fact that the alcohol and antisocial behavior tended to decline over time, depression symptoms increased in the women involved. Further, the study found that the women’s families’ problems have severe impacts on them as well.

The other interesting finding in this report was that women who lived in less stable neighborhoods where neighbors constantly moved in and out, were also more prone to depression.

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"Our findings demonstrate the complexity of the factors affecting changes in alcohol problems, antisocial behavior and depression for these women," senior author Robert Zucker, a professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Michigan Medical School and director of the U-M Addiction Research Center, said in a University of Michigan Health System news release.

"It's really the network of these relationships -- at the biological, social and at the community level -- that influences these disorders over time," Zucker said.

All of the participants of this study lived in the U.S. Midwest.

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