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Depression

 
  1. Depression is a very common and highly treatable medical illness.
  2. Clinical depression is persistent and can interfere with a person's ability to function.
  3. Forms of depression include major depression, minor depression, bipolar disorder, and dysthymia.
  4. Risk factors for depression include family or personal history, major life stressors, chronic disease, and current substance abuse issues.
  5. Of people with major depressive disorder, close to 50% report feelings of wanting to die, 33% consider suicide, and 9% report a suicide attempt.
  6. Treatment for depression typically consists of psychotherapy and medication.
  7. 10% of college students have been diagnosed with depression, including 13% of college women.
  8. 1 in 4 women will suffer from a major depressive episode during the course of their lives.
  9. 1 in 10 men will suffer from a major depressive episode during the course of their lives.
  10. Women of childbearing age are at increased risk for major depression.
  11. Talking to your general physician is a great place to learn more about how you are feeling and options around managing your mental wellness.