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. 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. 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.
From the Mental Health Association - http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/depression#depression
Additional Information and Resources
Mental Health America -
National Institute of Mental Health - http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtmlhttp://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml
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