11 Facts About It

Summary of an article written by Abigail Elise | International Business Times

2015-0422 Facts About Depression
Depression Awareness Week is sponsored by the Depression Awareness Alliance. Reuters

Want to learn more about depression? Here are 11 basic facts about it:

  • Approximately 20 million people in the U.S. suffer from depression every year. That’s more than twice the population of New York City.
  • One in four adults will suffer from an episode of depression before the age of 24.
  • Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression as men.
  • Symptoms of depression can vary, but typically include feelings of guilt and hopelessness, sleep disturbances, appetite changes, difficulty concentrating, lack of energy and fatigue.
  • St. John’s Wort, a flowering plant and medicinal herb, has been shown to help with depression in some cases.
  • More than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression worldwide. That’s more than the entire population of the United States.
  • The World Health Organization predicted depression will become the second biggest medical cause of disability in 15 years, second only to HIV/AIDS.
  • Depression often occurs when other psychiatric health problems are present, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety.
  • Depression may cause people to hurt themselves and others.
  • Many famous, creative people suffered from depression, including Robin Williams, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent van Gogh, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jon Hamm.
  • Most prescription antidepressants increase the user’s serotonin, dopamine or norepinephrine levels. Some of the most popular antidepressants are Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro and Effexor.

Think you may be depressed? You can take this quiz or call the National Depression Hotline.

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  1. In 2001,in our state called Tamil Nadu a mental assylum was being run by a Dargah.As many as 40 patients who were chained were charred to death.No one was arrested and no report of this incident was made public.This is the state of art of our psychiatry.We/me are afraid to see a therapist,despite their degree in modern science.

    1. Ramesh, that sounds horrific. A change of environment would probably do you a lot of good. I imagine there is a way to change your environment in spite of the challenges you mentioned.

  2. Yes depression and similar mental conditions are like cancer of the mind.It has got an untouchability element in it,because people prefer to distance away from depressed people,thinking that it will spoil their mood.In India we have just one psychiatrist for about three lac population and it spends only 0.06% of its GDP on mental health care.USA spends 6.2% and UK spends 10.82% of its GDP on mental health which is quite good.In our society mental illness is associated with possession states by demons and so patients are beaten and killed to drive away the demon.Awareness amongst people is zero.

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