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  1. Roughly 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression every year.
  2. 1 in 4 young adults will suffer an episode of depression before age 24.
  3. Women are 2 times as likely to suffer from depression than men.
  4. People who are depressed are more prone to illnesses like colds than non-depressed people.
  5. Continuous exposure to violence, neglect, abuse, or poverty may make people who are already susceptible to depression all the more vulnerable to the illness.

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  1. Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
  2. There are interrelationships between depression and physical health. For example, cardiovascular disease can lead to depression and vice versa.
  3. Depression affects all people regardless of age, geographic location, demographic, or social position.
  4. The World Health Organization estimates that depression will be the 2nd highest medical cause of disability by the year 2030, 2nd only to HIV/AIDS.
  5. Many creative individuals experienced depression, including Ludwig van Beethoven, John Lennon, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Georgia O’Keefe, Vincent van Gogh, Ernest Hemmingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Sylvia Plath.
  6. Over 8% of adolescents in the United States suffer from depression at a given time.

Sources

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    "Depression Facts & Statistics." Depression Perception. Accessed February 24, 2014, http://www.depressionperception.com/depression/depression-facts-and-statistics.html.

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    "Depression." Screening for Mental Health. Accessed February 24, 2014. http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/info-and-facts/depression.aspx.

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    Collins, Nick. "Women more than twice as likely to be depressed." The Telegraph. Accessed February 24, 2014, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/8740278/Women-more-than-twice-as-likely-to-be-depressed.html.

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    "Seasonal affective disorder." Mind. Aaccessed February 24, 2014, http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/seasonal-affective-disorder/#.UwuSXvldX-s.

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    American Psychiatric Association. "Depression." Psychiatry. Accessed February 24, 2014, http://www.psychiatry.org/depression.

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    World Health Organization . "Depression." WHO. Accessed February 24, 2014, http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs369/en/.

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    World Health Organization . "Depression." WHO. Accessed February 24, 2014, http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs369/en/.

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    "Depression Facts and Statistics." Fairfax Mental Health. Accessed February 24, 2014, http://www.fairfaxmentalhealth.com/depression-treatment/.

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    World Health Organization. "Global burden of mental disorders and the need for a comprehensive, coordinated response from health and social sectors at the country level ." WHO International. Accessed February 24, 2014, http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB130/B130_9-en.pdf.

  • 10

    Hockenbury, Don H., and Sandra E. Hockenbury. "Chapter 14: Psychological Disorders." In Psychology. 4th ed. New York, NY: Worth Publishers, 2006. 583-603.

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    The National Institute for Health Care Management Research and Educational Foundation . "Improving Early IdentificatIon & Treatment of Adolscent Depression: Considerations & Strategies for Health Plans." Accessed February 24, 2014, NIHCM Foundation. http://www.nihcm.org/pdf/Adol_MH_Issue_Brief_FINAL.pdf.

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