(sources: www.ColoradoHealthNet.org and National Depressive & Manic-Depressive Association - www.ndmda.org)
- More than one in five Americans will develop some form of depression in their lifetime
- Almost two-thirds of all cases are not treated
- Nearly 80% of those who experience depression can feel better with proper treatment
- It is estimated that over 17.4 million adults in the US suffer from depression each year
- Clinical depression commonly co-occurs with other medical illnesses
- Depression can affect anyone, though major depression occurs twice as often in women as it does men
- One in ten Americans experience some disability from a diagnosable mental illness
- The number one cause of suicide in the US is untreated depression
(sources: www.ColoradoHealthNet.org and National Depressive & Manic-Depressive Association – www.ndmda.org)
- Did you know only one-third of those with major depression will get proper treatment?
- Did you know 80% of patients who received proper care for major depression went on to demonstrate significant improvement and lead productive lives?
- Did you know “even if you do not have a genetic predisposition for depression, your body chemistry can trigger the onset of a depressive disorder, due to the presence of another illness, altered health habits, substance abuse, or hormonal fluctuations?” (National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association, 1999)
- Did you know some of the symptoms of depression (listed below) are the same as symptoms of vitamin/mineral deficiencies?
Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells
Significant changes in appetite and sleep patterns
Loss of energy, persistent lethargy
Unexplained aches and pains
Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness