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 readers how interpersonal problems can contribute to depression and how working through these underlying issues can help them heal. She guides readers to explore their 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.
About the Author:
Valerie E. Whiffen, Ph.D., has been a clinical psychologist in private practice since 1988 in Ottawa. She is also a professor of psychology at the University of Ottawa, where she has been teaching students to do interpersonal therapy with depressed women for 17 years. She also serves as a peer reviewer for several professional psychological journals. She has authored several book chapters in professional books, and 40 articles in professional journals. She has coauthored one professional book published by Guilford.