What is Major Depression Disorder/Severe Daily depression?
Prevalence of Major Depressive Episode Among Adults(NIH, 2017)
Millions of people suffer from depression on a daily basis. (estimated 17.3 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode) Studies suggest at least 7.1% of all U.S. adults and if we break this down, adult females suffer slightly more on average (Adult females-(8.7%) suffer than males (5.3%) per the National Institute of Health’s study(2017). Research supports the highest prevalence of depression was experienced by adults ranging in ages of 18-25 (13.1%) When adults suffer from Depression, they are not only suffering their depressive symptoms but also experience severe impairment in other areas of their life. These impairments include absence of work, lack of loss of interest in loved activities and engagement in said activities and isolation are just some of the additional impairments experienced. (68.8% of adults experienced these and many more difficult impairments) Unfortunately, not only do adults suffer from severe depression but so do our young people! They too are experiencing depression, suicidal ideation, which impacts their life traumatically.
This same study stated the following: Prevalence of Major Depressive Episode Among Adolescents(NIH2017).
An estimated 3.2 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode. This number represented 13.3% of the U.S. population aged 12 to 17.And again, more young females, on average 20% adolescent females are experiencing depressive episodes compared to males at (6.85).
What is Depression?
Depression, otherwise known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a common and serious mood disorder. Those who suffer from depression experience persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness and lose interest in activities they once enjoyed. Aside from the emotional problems caused by depression, individuals can also present with a physical symptom such as chronic pain or digestive issues. To be diagnosed with depression, symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.