Depression Facts

We all feel sadness and grief from time to time, but it usually goes away quickly or within a few days. However major depression, or major depressive disorder, is something more and lasts for weeks – even years. Symptoms can include intense feelings such as overwhelming sadness, low energy, loss of appetite, low self-esteem, and a lack of interest in things that would normally bring pleasure. 

Unfortunately, depression is common worldwide, with more than 264 million people affected according to the World Health Organization (2017). Nearly twice as many women are affected by depression than men.

  • Mild exercise even just walking helps alleviate depression.
  • Depression can affect appetite, diet, weight gain and weight loss.
  • Negative, self-defeating thoughts are the foundation of depression.
  • It is the perception of the event that upsets us not the event itself.
  • Major depression and mood disorders can lead to suicide. Get help now before it’s too late!
  • Changing attitudes can greatly reduce depression.
  • Depressed people turn away from those who can help them the most.
  • According to Loftus, what we believe wholeheartedly is not necessarily the truth.
  • Depression is often accompanied by overwhelming feelings.
  • Depression can cause memory loss.
  • Rational thinking improves a negative mood.
  • Depressed people have a bleak outlook of the future.
  • Bipolar Disorder is an extreme form of depression.
  • According to Dorothy Rowe, blaming ourselves turns natural sadness into depression.
  • Depressed individuals think they get what they deserve.
  • The effect of eating chocolate can lift a depressed mood.
  • Depressed people engage in all-or-nothing thinking.
  • Humor helps alleviate depression.
  • Depression may play a role in miscarriages.
  • ”If someone is relaxed, they cannot also be anxious” (Wolpe).
  • Depression will be the the 2nd costliest disease by 2020 (WHO Study).
  • Simple pleasures prolong life expectancy.
  • Some depressed individuals consider themselves total failures.
  • ”Suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds meaning” (Frankl).



This report is not a diagnosis. We hope this information can guide you toward improving your life.

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