Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Starting a Conversation about Depression

Since May is Mental Health Month it is a good time to start a conversation about depression. Thanks to Dr. Marilyn Massey-Stokes for sharing this video to help get the conversation started.


Basic Facts About Clinical Depression:
  • Clinical depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting more than 19 million Americans each year.[1] This includes major depressive disorder, manic depression and dysthymia, a milder, longer-lasting form of depression.
  • Depression causes people to lose pleasure from daily life, can complicate other medical conditions, and can even be serious enough to lead to suicide.
  • Depression can occur to anyone, at any age, and to people of any race or ethnic group.  Depression is never a "normal" part of life, no matter what your age, gender or health situation.
  • Unfortunately, although about 70% of individuals with depression have a full remission of the disorder with effective treatment, fewer than half of those suffering from this illness seek treatment.[2]  Too many people resist treatment because they believe depression isn't serious, that they can treat it themselves or that it is a personal weakness rather than a serious medical illness.

Additional Information and Resources
Mental Health America - 

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