Depression affects approximately 14.8 million American adults (6.7 percent of the U.S. population) in any given year, and is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15-44, according to the World Health Organization. It takes a huge personal and professional toll on those suffering from it, but unfortunately, far too many people suffer in silence.
While up to 80% of those treated for depression show an improvement in their symptoms within four to six weeks of beginning therapy, medication, support groups, or a combination of these treatments, an estimated 50% of those suffering with depression never actively seek or receive proper treatment.
Articles from Wellspring:
12 Tips on How to Beat the Winter Blues - R. Keith Myers, LICSW
Finding Balance in Troubled Times - Chad Perman, LMFT
Online Articles & Resources:
Use this brief automated online quiz to help you determine if you may need to see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment of depression—or to help track your depression/mood on a regular basis.
What is Depression? (APA)
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, by Andrew Solomon
Undoing Depression, by Richard O'Connor, Ph.D.