Depression And You
It is hard for those who suffer from
depression to adequately convey the personal pain and suffering they
experience with this mood disorder. All races, all ages, both males and
females are susceptible to depressive episodes, although some individuals
are more susceptible than others.
The fourth leading cause of disability in the United States, depression is
on course to become the second leading cause of disability by the year 2020.
The lifetime prevalence of a major depressive episode is 17%, up from 10% to
20% a few years ago. Most studies find that major depressive disorder (MDD)
is twice as common in women at 12% as in men at 6.6%. The prevalence of
rates for major depressive disorder appears unrelated to ethnicity,
education, income or marital status. Chronic mild depression, known as
Dysthymic disorder, occurs in about 5.1% of all people during their
lifetimes and around 40% of those people will also meet the criteria for
major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder in any given year.
Other psychiatric disorders such as anxiety disorders, schizophrenia,
substance abuse, and eating disorders are frequently accompanied by
depression. People with anxiety disorders such as panic disorder,
generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder are commonly
first diagnosed with depression as are people with personality disorders
such as borderline personality disorder, adjustment disorder, and brief
Anxiety mixed with depression is probably one of the most common psychiatric
diagnoses today. In cases of major depression the symptoms of anxiety occur
in around 70% of all cases. The presence of anxiety disorder and depression
at the same time has a negative impact on the course of this disease and has
been shown to result in a higher suicide rate, greater severity of
depression, greater impairment in social and occupational functioning, and a
poorer response to treatment. This is especially true in the depressed
elderly who also suffer from symptoms of anxiety or anxiety disorder.
People with medical disorders have a higher incidence of depression as well.
People with chronic medical problems are at a higher risk for depression
than those in the general population. In fact depression is often a
secondary concern to any medical condition. Depression can also be a
secondary concern to the use of substances such as alcohol, cocaine,
marijuana, heroin, and prescription medications.
Depression is a growing problem in this day and age and can affect
anyone at any time. As such this depression website has been set up as a portal for you to help find
the information and resources you need to understand and participate in
the treatment of you or your loved ones depression. There are many
sources for the knowledge you seek. The Internet allows you to quickly
and easily find and access as much information as you need.
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