Depression is not just “being sad.” It is a serious mental health condition characterized by an inability to concentrate, feelings of extreme sadness, rejection, an inability to experience pleasure, difficulty in concentrating, disturbance of sleep and appetite, and feelings of sadness, guilt, and helplessness. Roughly 7 of every 100 people suffer depression at some point in their lives. As many as 1 in 33 children and 1 in 8 adolescents have clinical depression. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for ages 10 to 24. Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15-44. If left untreated, depressive symptoms could lead to significant problems and possibly suicide.
BUT, depression is one of the most treatable illnesses using both antidepressant medication and talk therapy. Studies suggest of the patients that seek treatment, the majority of patients have a positive response. Unfortunately, it is estimated that only about 10% of people suffering from depression ever seek treatment.
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