Women are biologically more vulnerable to depression than men because of hormonal events like pregnancy and menopause. Plus, we are socially vulnerable with more stressors, like poverty and childhood abuse, says Dr. Jennice Vilhauer. Jennice directs The Well Mind Institute in Beverly Hills, serves on the medical staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is an assistant clinical professor at UCLA.
She developed a new treatment called, Future Directed Therapy® for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder, which is twice as prevalent in women as in men. Future Directed Therapy® teaches people skills that help them focus on the future they want rather than the past that makes their future seem hopeless.
Jennice’s life and career was turned upside-down by 9/11, which occurred during her early training in New York City. Her research had focused on past events as a cause for depression. But 9/11 clearly showed that a sudden traumatic event can start a downward spiral and radically change our view of the future.
Check out Jennice’s website to find out more and to sign up for an advance copy of her book, Think Forward and Thrive.