Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease your ability to function at work and at home.

Here are 12 facts about depression:

  1. Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the world.
  2. It affects an estimated millions of adults age 18 and older.
  3. Depression can occur at any age, but it is most common during the late teens and early 20s.
  4. Women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression.
  5. Depression is a major cause of disability worldwide.
  6. It is estimated to cost the global economy $1 trillion annually in lost productivity.
  7. Depression is a treatable condition. With treatment, most people with depression can recover and live full and productive lives.
  8. There are a number of different treatments available for depression, including therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes.
  9. The most common type of therapy for depression is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).
  10. The most common type of medication for depression is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).
  11. Lifestyle changes that can help improve mood include regular exercise, a healthy diet, and getting enough sleep.
  12. If you think you or someone you know may be depressed, please seek help from a mental health professional.

If you are feeling suicidal, please reach out to the Suicide Prevention Agency within your locality. You are not alone, and there is help available.

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