Dr. Laila Alizadeh said, “An estimated 20 to 40 per cent of our women are depressed and they are treated with medicine, while they need to receive psychotherapy.”
In explaining the causes of depression among women and girls, Alizadeh said, “Depression among women and girls could be caused by various social or economic reasons and it could lead to many social harms and problems as well as family quarrels.” She said depression impacts all aspects of the patient’s life and could affect the person’s occupational, family, social and individual conditions.
Dr. Alizadeh said the feelings of loneliness and frustration which ultimately lead to committing suicide have had a rising trend among our women and girls. They are caused significantly by family disputes, unemployment and psychological disorders that are usually overlooked.
(State-run Khaneh Amn (safe house) website, September 10, 2015)