According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control nearly 1 in 10 U.S. adults reports some form of depression.
This study found the following groups to be more likely to meet criteria for major depression:
- persons 45-64 years of age
- blacks, Hispanics, non-Hispanic persons of other races or multiple races
- persons with less than a high school education
- those previously married
- individuals unable to work or unemployed
- persons without health insurance coverage
Similar patterns were found among persons with “other depression” with the two following exceptions: adults aged 18-24 years were most likely to report “other depression” as were Hispanics (instead of other non-Hispanics).
But it’s not only adults suffering from the effects of depression – depressive disorders have also affected approximately 11.2 percent of 13 to 18 year olds in the United States at some point during their lives.
Depression is a serious medical illness that involves the brain. It’s more than just a feeling of being “down in the dumps” or “blue” for a few days. If you are one of the more than 20 million people in the United States who have depression, the feelings do not go away. They persist and interfere with your everyday life. Symptoms can include
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
- Change in weight
- Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
- Energy loss
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Thoughts of death or suicide
There is help.
The National Institutes of Mental Health has produced a brochure ” Depression” explaining what it is and how to get help.
Or visit MedlinePlus for more information.
According to a report by the Mayo Clinic, “Research on anxiety, depression and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help reduce anxiety and improve mood.”
Information about depression written for teens from Nemours “Can I Get Over Depression Without Taking Medication?
New York Online Access to Health is another source of health information with many links to reliable information.
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