Depression in the United States affects over 18 million adults every year.
It is the primary reason people die of suicide every 12 seconds.
It is the leading cause of disability for people ages 15-44.
More women are affected by depression than men.
There are effective treatments for moderate and severe depression.
Depression is a mental state that causes low mood and avoidance to activities. It is a medically
classified mental and behavioral disorder that affects thoughts, feelings and sense of well-being.
The more severe form of depression. It is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness and worthlessness that do not go away.
A milder but chronic form of depression. Symptoms such as loss of interest in regular activities, must last for at least 2 years for a diagnosis of PDD to be made.
This type of depression is when your mood is affected by seasonal changes, commonly beginning in October or November. Symptoms include daytime fatigue, unhappiness and lethargy.
This type of depression affects mothers and fathers after childbirth, causing severe mood swings, exhaustion, and sense of hopelessness.
This type of depression is accompanied by hallucinations, delusions, or paranoia.
Traumatic events in early childhood can affect the way your brain responds to fear and stress.
Depression is hereditary. There is about a 40% chance of inheriting depression if a first-degree family member has the condition.
A history of substance uses an increase your risk for depression. 21% of adults with a substance use disorder also experienced a major depressive episode in 2018.
A less active frontal lobe is one cause of depression.
Certain medical conditions can increase your risk for depression, including chronic illness, cancer, insomnia, chronic pain, or ADHD.
Also called talk therapy. Certain types of therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), are especially effective at improving depression. CBT helps a person to recognize distorted/negative thinking with the goal of changing thoughts and behaviors to respond to challenges in a more positive manner.
Antidepressants might be prescribed to help modify one’s brain chemistry. These medications are not habit forming. Results can sometimes be seen in a few weeks but can take up to a few months. If one type of medication isn’t working, your doctor can try a different dose or a different type of drug.