Depression is the second most common mental illness in America, but it is still misunderstood by many people. Education is the key to reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. The following are some little known facts about Depression.
- Depression happens to strong, not weak people.
- Anti-depressants stimulate the growth of new neurons in the brain. So does exercise.
- One in four families has at least one member with a mental disorder.
- Amongst chronic pain sufferers music can help reduce the pain by more than 20% and can alleviate depression by up to 25%.
- Major depression is about four times more likely in people with chronic back pain than for the general population.
- Depression is among the most treatable of psychiatric illnesses.
- Two out of three people suffering from depression do not seek or receive proper treatment.
- The word “melancholic”, meaning depressed, comes from the Greek word for “black bile”.
- Depression affects over 50% of nursing home residents.
- 92% of depressed African-American males do not seek or receive proper treatment.
- Pre-schoolers are the fastest-growing market for antidepressants. At least 4% of preschoolers in the U.S. (over a million) have clinical depression.
- 70 percent of those suffering from major depression can fully recover if properly treated.
- 80% to 90% of people who receive treatment for depression show improvement.
- An estimated 50% of unsuccessful treatment for depression is due to non-compliance with medicines.
Source: World Health Organization