Depression. What is Depression?. Depression is an illness that affects your thoughts, feelings, behavior and overall health. You feel sad or down for long periods of time It can even have physical affects on your body. What it is like to be depressed.
Increased irritability, anger, or hostility
Low self esteem
Loss of appetite or constant hunger
Alcohol or drug abuse
Discussion or thoughts of suicide
Feelings of guilt
Inability to concentrate
Difficulty with relationships
10-25 percent of women and 5-12 percent of men will likely become depressed in their life
One of eight women will develop depression but only one in three women will seek care
15 percent of those with severe depression will commit suicide
70 percent of antidepressant prescriptions are given with misdiagnosis
Major depression occurs most often in the mid to late 20’s
Depression occurs most frequently in women 25-44 years of age.
Hispanic women have a 24 percent rate of depression, the highest among all women
Caucasian women have a 22 percent rate of depression
African American women have a 16 percent depression rate with half of that being severe
Depression Information and Support
Teen Depression and Suicide
Teen Depression: Prevention, Detection and Causes
New York: Rosen Publishing Group.
Suicide. Beltsville: Robins Lane Press.
and Diagnosis. <http://www.teen-depression.info/>