Additional Facts About Depression:
Depression is NOT a weakness.  It is a mental illness.

Most depression is CURABLE but 2 out of 3 people who suffer do not get help.

You are not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression.

Depression is more common among women.

Scientist believe having a short allele of the gene 5-HTT can increase a person's risk of depression.

People who live with someone depressed are 80% more likely to become depressed.

Famous depressed people: Actress Marilyn Monroe, Poet Edgar Allen Poe, President Abraham Lincoln, Great Britain's Prime Minister during WWII Winston Churchill, Scientist Sir Isaac Newton, Musician Beethoven, Writer Tolstoy and Astronaut Buzzy Aldrin.

There are over 32,000 suicide deaths each year in the United States.

It is estimated that by 2020, depression will be the world's second leading health issue.*


My Help 4 Depression 
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emotional, physical and spiritual health.
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References:

 PBS Depression Fact Sheet:  "Out of the Shadows"

Center for Disease Control

Climbing Out Depression: a practical guide to real and immediate help by Sue Atkinson, Penguin Group, New York 2005.

Duenwald M. 2003. Gene is Linked to Susceptibility to Depression. The New York Times. July, 18,2003. 
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res+F00712FC3B580C7B8DDDAE0894DB404482
Accessed 2009 12 Feb.

McCord, R. 5-HTT: The Gene for Susceptibility to Depression? http://www.bio.davidson.edu/Courses/genomics/2003/mccord/5-HTT.html Accessed 2009 12 Feb.

Facts About Depression:

Although there are different types of depression, they do not give a true indication of what is really going on in the life of the individual. Such information is important in helping a depressed individual make lifestyle changes which will have a positive affect on mood.

Different types of depression: 

Reactive - in response to events

Endogenous - with no apparent outward cause, possibly due to a  chemical imbalance.  

Manic - characterized by extreme highs and lows, the opposite of depression being mania.

Post Natal - following delivery, hormones are in a state of flux - added to the stress of caring for an infant and the sometimes drastic change in lifestyle can equate to depression.
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