MISSION VIEJO, Calif., May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lifescript.com, a women's health and wellness website headquartered in Mission Viejo, Calif., has launched a new online Depression Health Center to help women recognize and overcome symptoms of depression.
Each year, about 19 million Americans develop depression — a chronic mental illness that can have debilitating physical and emotional symptoms. Women are 2-3 times as likely as men to get depression. And the illness can affect the entire body.
"Depression increases levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine, which may in turn increase blood pressure and heart rate," says Edward Geehr, M.D., Lifescript Chief Medical Officer. "It's important for patients' overall health and well-being to identify and treat depression as soon as possible, to help minimize these negative health effects."
Lifescript's Depression Health Center follows the latest studies on depression and offers expert articles and tips on preventative treatments, common causes of depression, foods that may help or hurt, popular remedies for depression and how to avoid depression triggers. It also features interviews with celebrities such as actor Tom Bosley (patriarch Howard Cunningham on "Happy Days") and Academy Award-winning actress Patty Duke who've found solutions for living well with the condition.
The Depression Health Center also provides information about which doctors should be on your depression health team, and offers a "doctor finder" tool to help locate a specialist in your area.
The Depression Health Center is one of 66 health centers on the site. Lifescript Health Centers are designed to help women live healthier lives with medically reviewed articles, expert interviews, lifestyle tips, quizzes, recipes and more.
ABOUT LIFESCRIPT: One of the fastest-growing online healthy living publishers, Lifescript.com (http://www.lifescript.com/) attracts 10 million unique visitors monthly and is the leading website focusing exclusively on women's health. More than 7 million readers also subscribe to Lifescript's six daily email newsletters. The company has offices in Mission Viejo and Beverly Hills, Calif., and in New York City.