Depression

By: Brittany Jacobs

Facts

  • Of the estimated 17.5 million Americans who are affected by some form of depression, 9.2 million have major or clinical depression
  • Two-thirds of people suffering from depression do not seek necessary treatment
  • Major Depression is 1.5-3.0 times more common among first-degree biological relatives of those with the disorder than among the general population
  • By the year 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that depression will be the number two cause of "lost years of healthy life" worldwide
  • Chronic pain can be a symptom of depression
  • Alcohol is a depressant
  • Depression distorts your thinking
  • Exercise is the easiest and least expensive way to cure depression
  • People who are depressed are more prone to illness like colds than non depressed people
  • Depression affects children in different ways and is sometimes misdiagnosed
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