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Depression: Everything from fast facts to getting help


What is Depression?

Depression is a mood disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness or emptiness. It’s a very common and highly treatable medical illness. Clinical depression is persistent and can interfere with a person's ability to function.

Forms of depression include:

  1. Major depression.

  2. Minor depression.

  3. Bipolar disorder.

  4. Dysthymia.

Who is at Risk for Depression?

Risk factors for depression include family or personal history, major life stressors, chronic disease, and current substance abuse issues. Women of childbearing age are at increased risk for major depression.

Depression Stats

  1. Of people with major depressive disorder, close to 50% report feelings of wanting to die, 33% consider suicide, and 9% report a suicide attempt.

  2. 10% of college students have been diagnosed with depression, including 13% of college women.

  3. 1 in 4 women will suffer from a major depressive episode during the course of their lives.

  4. 1 in 10 men will suffer from a major depressive episode during the course of their lives.

How is Depression Treated?

  1. Treatment for depression typically consists of psychotherapy and medication.

  2. Talking to your general physician is a great way to learn more about how you are feeling and options around managing your mental wellness.

Anxiety & Depression Association of America For: Adults & Teens | Website | Informative | Promotes prevention, treatment and support for anxiety, depression and related disorders.
Half of Us For: Adults & Teens | Website | Informative | Information on mental illness and connects students with resources to decrease stigma and encourage healthy dialogue.
Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance For: Adults & Teens | Website | Support | Provides support and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.
Help Guide For: Adults | Website | Informative | Resources addressing symptoms and treatment of psychological, emotional and social health.
Mental Health America (MHA) For: Adults | Website | Advocacy | Community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.
MoodTools For: Adults & Teens | App | Support | Tracking and instructions on a variety of skills, coping strategies, and safety planning.
National Alliance of Mental Illness For: Adults & Teens | Website | Advocacy | Provides information and advocacy for those affected by mental illness.
Postpartum Support International For: Adults | Website | Informative | Provides information and support for postpartum parents (male and female), including loss of a child and other related struggles. Weekly online chat.
T2Health For: Adults | App | Support | Assists with PTSD symptoms using self-assessment, symptom management, support and education.
What's Up App For: Adults & Teens | App | Support | Offers self-help CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods to help cope with Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress and more.