How common is depression?
As indicated, depression is, sadly, very common. If we look at what is called major depression, the figures are:
- 4-10 and 10-26 percent
- 2-3.5 and 5-12 percent
The figures are even higher in Some communities (e.g, with poverty). Moreover problenms such as eating disorders, drug and alcohol problems and aggressiveness can also be linked to depression, and recede as depression is treated.
New research also indicates that rates of and risks for depression have been steadily increasing throughout the twentieth century, but the reason for this are unclear .
Socio_economic changes , the fragmentation of families and communities, the loss of hope in the younger generation especially the unemployed and increasing levels of expectations may all be implicated.
In general, then , there are many forms of depression, in fact so many that the term itself is not so helpful. But it is important to recognize that not all depressions are the same and they can vary greatly in severity and duration.
To Be Continued ______
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