What is depression?

Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks. -www.nimh.gov

 

“My Demons” a true story.

“My mind is a battlefield. I tell myself I will be OK. But the shame and the guilt are demons in my mind telling me I am weak and not good enough. They tell me I am a bad employee and coworker. They tell me I am a bad friend. You can’t even get out of bed! They scream at me. This only makes it harder and harder to get up. It may seem like I’m not fighting. Like I am weak today. But when I can quiet the demons in my mind, I know I am strong. I am fighting. I hope for a better tomorrow.”

You can help

The  National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that in the United States 16 million adults had at least one major depressive episode in 2012, totalling 6.9 percent of the population. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression, labeling it as a leading cause of disability.

If you know someone who is struggling with depression one of the best things you can do to help them is listen. Listen to their worries, concerns, and joys. Be there for them,and let them know you will be there for them and that you care for them. Support them and provide any help and support that you can give.

Statistics

Stop the stigma- Talk openly about mental health. Mental illness touches so many lives and yet it's STILL a giant secret. Educate yourself and others about mental health.Correct and inform people respectfully when they are perpetrating stereotypes and misconceptions. Speak up and educate them. Show empathy and compassion for those living with a mental health condition. When you love and respect everyone, you have a desire to learn more about who they are and what their life is like. Stop the criminalization of those who live with mental illness. Professionals and families together need to talk to neighborhood groups, law enforcement, hospitals and legal experts to share experiences and knowledge on interacting with mentally ill.

  • Statistic 1

    Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., the 3rd leading cause of death for people aged 10–24 and the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 15–24.

  • Statistic 2

    6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.

  • Statistic 3

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO; 2010), major depression also carries the heaviest burden of disability among mental and behavioral disorders.

  • Statistic 4

    In 2015, an estimated 3 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. This number represented 12.5% of the U.S. population aged 12 to 17.

  • Statistic 5

    Depression is more prevalent in women than in men.

  • Statistic 6

    While major depressive disorder can develop at any age, the median age at onset is 32.5

  • Statistic 7

    Depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44.3

Mental illnesses

 

  • anxiety

     

  • Bipolar disorder

     

  • Depression

     

  • Eating disorder

     

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

     

  • post traumatic stress disorder

     

  • Schizophrenia