I recently posted on my main website this post

Depression Facts: 

  • Of the estimated 17.5 million Americans who are affected by some form of depression, 9.2 million have major or clinical depression
  • Two-thirds of people suffering from depression do not seek necessary treatment
  • 80% of all people with clinical depression who have received treatment significantly improve their lives
  • The economic cost of depression is estimated at $30.4 billion a year but the cost in human suffering cannot be estimated
  • Women experience depression about twice as often as men
  • By the year 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that depression will be the number two cause of "lost years of healthy life" worldwide
  • According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suicide was the ninth leading cause of death in the United States in 1996
  • Major Depression is 1.5-3.0 times more common among first-degree biological relatives of those with the disorder than among the general population
Source: Washington University School of Medicine 



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