Mental Health

Mental Health

More Facts about Depression • Depression is the most common, but also the most treatable mental illness.• More than 80% of people with depression can be treated effectively.• People usually begin to feel better after several weeks of treatment.• At any given time, about five percent of the U.S. population, or about 19 million people, suffer from depression.• Depression may be present if symptoms such as pervasive sadness and lethargy persist every day for at least two weeks.• At best, half of the people with depression are diagnosed and treated.• Depression affects almost twice as many women as men.• Depression…
You can Detect Depression Depression is one of the most common, and also the most treatable, of stress-related illnesses. One in four women and one in 10 men are likely to experience depression in their lifetimes. It can develop at any age. Depression is treatable, if recognized. But many people don't know they have it and, therefore, don't get treatment. Do you or someone you love suffer from: • Noticeable changes in appetite, either eating too much or too little. • Noticeable change of sleeping patterns, sleeping too much or too little. • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities.…
When Medical Illness is Complicated by Depression Serious illnesses take a toll on our minds as well as our bodies. Individuals suffering from cancer, heart disease, Parkinson's disease, hormonal disorders or stroke may also develop depression. Up to 35% of diabetics suffer from depression. Feeling "down" for a while when you are ill or have been hospitalized is usually normal. But if these feelings of sadness persist for several weeks or more, you may be experiencing what's called "co-occurring" depression, a serious but treatable illness that frequently accompanies another medical condition. In fact, 25% to 50% of all individuals who…

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