Experiencing Clinical Depression: More Than Getting Depressed

Recently I was talking to a friend discussing depression. He commented, "I don't know what the big deal is. Everybody gets depressed from time to time."

"Getting depressed" and experiencing clinical depression are two different things.

Clinical depression is more than a normal sad mood or a temporary blue mood. It is a disease that requires treatment.

To learn more about the disease of depression click here.

Clinical depression has serious consequences. Here are some statistics provided by the World Health Organization...

  • Clinical depression has a 30% mortality rate.

  • By 2020 clinical depression will be the second leading cause of death worldwide.

  • Clinical depression is responsible for one death every 75 minutes.

  • Clinical depression is responsible for more than 4,500 deaths each year.

  • Clinical depression results in twice as many years lost to disability and premature death as infectious and parasitic diseases.

  • Clinical depression results in five times as many years lost to disability and premature death as heart disease.

So as you can see clinical depression is a very serious matter.

Although clinical depression is serious, it is not hopeless. Depression is a treatable disease.

In addition to receiving treatment for depression, there is a lot that you can do to help yourself. To learn more about how you can help your depression click here.

Source: Attack of the blues. March 30, 2005. http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IE320050330061829&Page=3&Title=Features+- +Health+%26+Science&Topic=-162