There is more to the matter of managing depression than is on the surface. The impact of depression on a life is seriously underestimated in this culture. We refer to it as the 'common cold' of medicine. This implies that it's not serious, just something irritating that we can all slug through. This also implies that nothing more than mildly relieving symtoms can be done for it.
Research indicates that one in seven people will experience depression
Suicide is the third highest cause of death among adolescents
Twice as many women as men experience depression
By 2020 it will be the second most significant health problem in the world
People with depression are 4 x more likely to have a heart attack than those without
It can increase a woman's risk for broken bones
It is the leading cause of disability in the US for ages 15-44
In the US, businesses spend between 12 and 70 billion dollars caring for or paying the medical expenses of employees that have depression or related illnesses.
Only 10% of all people with depression will receive treatment.
Treatment can provide relief to 80-90% of those affected.
Before the development of SSRIs, cognitive therapy was the most efficacious treatment for depression. Researchers and therapists discovered that the thought processes of someone with depression can be as irrational as those of someone with untreated schizophrenia.
So, are those thoughts your real thoughts?