Facts About Depression

Globally, an estimated 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression, and it is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Here in the U.S. an estimated 16 million adults aged 18 or older had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. This number represented 6.7% of all U.S. adults.

The most common symptoms of depression include:

  • Depressed mood
  • Loss of interest and enjoyment
  • Reduced energy
  • Anxiety symptoms
  • Disturbed sleep and appetite
  • Feelings of guilt or low self-worth
  • Poor concentration
  • Medically unexplained symptoms
  • Suicidal thoughts

Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived emotional responses to challenges in everyday life, in that it is long-lasting and with moderate or severe intensity, it can become a serious health condition.

At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. Over 800 000 people die due to suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.

The good news is that depression can be treated. With proper assessment, trained clinicians and treatment plans, people can recover from depression.

If you have any questions about depression, for yourself or a loved one, I’m here to listen and help.

Free downloadable guides from the National Institute of Mental Health:

Depression Basics

Depression: What You Need To Know

Men and Depression

Depression and College Students

Teens and Depression

Postpartum Depression

Older Adults and Depression


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