According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1 in every 10 adults in the United States reports experiencing depression.1 Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States and it is also a global epidemic. Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression, it is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and it is a major contributor to the global burden of disease.2 There are many things that can cause depression in people of all ages including: the individual’s biology with chemical balance, negative cognition, gender differences with hormones, co-occurring illnesses, medication side effects, genetic makeup, and situational events.
There are many effective treatment options for depression and they vary based on where the depression is stemming from. Treatments such as simple lifestyle changes or psychotherapy are often effective when regularly implemented, but when those options do not work, anti-depressant medications can also be a helpful option.
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