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