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Depression Description

Posted by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM
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Major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. In 2012, an estimated 16 million U.S. adults had at least one major depressive episode, or bout of depressive symptoms, in the past year. 

But despite how common the illness is, many people do not understand exactly what it means to have depression, and often think of it as being the same as sadness. [5 Myths About Suicide, Debunked]

"Depression is one of the most tragically misunderstood words in the English language," writes Stephen Ilardi, an associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Kansas, in a blog post on the Psychology Today website. "When people refer to depression in everyday conversation, they usually have something far less serious in mind," than what the disorder actually entails. "In fact, the term typically serves as a synonym for mere sadness."

Here are some facts about depression:

  • Although major depression can strike people of any age, the median age at onset is 32.5, according to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
  • Depression is more common in women than in men, according to Washington University.
  • Men with depression are more likely than depressed women to abuse alcohol and other substances, according to Jill Goldstein, director of research at the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Depressed men may also try to mask their sadness by turning to other outlets, such as watching TV, playing sports and working excessively, or engaging in risky behaviors, Goldsetein told Live Science in an interview earlier this year.
  • Men's symptoms of depression may be harder for other people to recognize, and the illness is missed more frequently in men, Goldstein said.
  • Men with depression are more likely than women with the condition to commit suicide, Goldstein said. Men with depression may go longer without being diagnosed or treated, and so men may develop a more devastating mental health problem.
  • Symptoms of depression extend far beyond feeling sad, and may include: loss of interest and pleasure in normal activities, irritability, agitation or restlessness, lower sex drive, decreased concentration, insomnia or excessive sleeping and chronic fatigue and lethargy, according to Mayo Clinic.

The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM
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gonecrazi
by Silver Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM

 Thanks for the info...

MissMackiesgg
by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM

youre welcome

Quoting gonecrazi:

 Thanks for the info...


lyrick24
by Group Admin on Aug. 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM

 tfs!

MissMackiesgg
by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM

youre welcome

Quoting lyrick24:

 tfs!


lucy164
by Peggy on Aug. 13, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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tfs

bambismom
by Gold Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:19 PM
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Good information! 

leahbeah143
by Leah on Aug. 14, 2014 at 12:04 AM
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I do unfortunately know more guys that have committed suicide than girls. Very sad
deltathree
by Platinum Member on Aug. 14, 2014 at 11:57 AM
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GReat post - TFS!

Serenity7
by on Aug. 14, 2014 at 3:55 PM
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 Thanks for posting

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