FACTS:

Depression: 

[dih-presh-uh n] 

"Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home."
- American Psychiatric Association

ADAA stats the Symptoms of depression as:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood

  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities, including sex

  • Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling "slowed down"

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions

  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping

  • Low appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain

  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts

  • Restlessness, irritability

  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and pain for which no other cause can be diagnosed.

According to the American foundation for suicide prevention the following factors play a role in depression:

  • Health Factors

  • Historical Factors

  • Environmental Factors

 

Harvard Medical School released an article stating, 

"There are millions, even billions, of chemical reactions that make up the dynamic system that is responsible for your mood, perceptions, and how you experience life."
 

"Suicide most often occurs when stressors and health issues converge to create an experience of hopelessness and despair."

- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

STATS:

According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 1 out every 5 Americans experience some form of mental illness each year,  but only 41% receive mental health care or services.

Leading causes of death for Americans 15-24

Source: CDC

Deaths by suicide per 100,000

Source: CDC
 

RESOURCES:

Below is an amazing hotline that you can call for emotional support.

Open 24/7. Confidential. Free.

1.800.273.8255

treatments for depression: 

Please note that depression is a complex issue where every individual is different 

Support Groups - National Alliance on Mental Illness

Therapist - Find a therapist near you through

Online counseling - Better Help