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Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States, affecting as many as 1 in 10 adults—that could be 1 out of every ten people you know. Research suggests that depression is caused by chemical or hormonal imbalances in the brain, and that it isn’t just “all in your head,” so to speak.
You might well be surprised by that statistic on the high prevalence of depression, but you may be even more surprised to learn that depression is likely significantly under-diagnosed. Many people live with depression for months or even years without seeking treatment, perhaps due to the stigma attached to mental illnesses in the U.S.
Researchers are also starting to study how depression co-occurs with other illnesses or conditions. Up to 40% of people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, for instance, will suffer from depression by 4 months after their traumatic experience. Depression may also occur before, during, or after other common illnesses, such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
There should be no shame in acknowledging an illness like this and seeking treatment. People’s lives may depend on it! Luckily, there are a host of wonderful organizations out there working hard to erase the stigma attached to depression and other mental health issues, and it’s never been easier to help them succeed.
HelpForDepression.com and To Write Love on Her Arms are dedicated to bringing hope to those suffering from depression. October is Depression Awareness Month, and these organizations are working hard to make sure that the message is out:
“Depression is not a weakness, it’s an illness.” And depression can be treated!
To make the biggest change for the most people, Help for Depression and To Write Love on Her Arms (a non-profit organization providing outreach and awareness services) have launched an ambitious fundraiser. You can give them money at no cost to you (what could be easier?) by “liking” HelpForDepression.com on Facebook.
For each of the first 15,000 people who “like” HelpForDepression.com on Facebook by October 15th, $1 will be donated to help people battle depression and find support and healing.
About 35,000 suicides take place every year in the U.S.—most of which are committed by individuals suffering from depression or other mental illnesses. Even worse, there are 11 suicide attempts per every completed suicide. Depression simply can’t be ignored.
So go ahead—make a difference for the mental health of thousands of people across the country, and get everyone you know on Facebook to “like” HelpForDepression.com with you. It’s a free, feel-good way to draw attention to the issue and to lend a helping hand to someone in need.
Together, we can make a difference for those suffering from depression in our communities. “Like” HelpForDepression.com now, and see the movement grow!