The Cold Facts: Depression Statistics

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{Cold and uncaring though they are, the facts arm us for the depressive battle, whether it’s our own, or that of a loved one. As rampant as depression is in our society, we must increase awareness around the disorder and understanding of the darkness so many experience.}  

Roughly 1 in 4 adults suffers from a mental disorder each year, with 6.7% of them experiencing major depressive disorder.

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/mental_health_disorders/mental_health_disorder_statistics_85,P00753/

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml

The average age of mental disorder onset is the mid-twenties.

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/mental_health_disorders/mental_health_disorder_statistics_85,P00753/

 Additionally, 3.3% of 13 to 18 year olds have experienced a seriously debilitating depressive disorder.

Women are 70 % more likely than men to experience depression during their lifetime.

An estimated 10 to 15 percent of women experience postpartum depression after giving birth.

By 15 years of age, girls are twice as likely as boys to have had a major depressive episode.

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml

Depressive illnesses commonly co-occur with other disorders, such as anxiety.

Mental health disorders are among the top causes of disability in worldwide established market economies.

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/mental_health_disorders/mental_health_disorder_statistics_85,P00753/


Depression Series{Navigating Depression: What Every Woman Needs to Know} is a month-long blog series devoted to the disorder. Read stories of women who have traversed its stormy seas. Receive encouragement and be equipped for your own battle against the darkness. Garner understanding, bleeding empathy for afflicted loved ones.

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