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HOPE AGAINST

DEPRESSION

Two
people can
look at the
same
direction
and see it
differently.

Halfempty?

Half-full?

What is depression?
Depression is a common mental disorder that presents with depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure,
feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.

Statistics
The rate of increase of
depression among children is
an astounding 23% p.a.
15% of the population of most
developed countries suffers
severe depression

54% of people believe


depression is a personal
weakness.
41% of depressed women are too
embarrassed to seek help.
80% of depressed people are not
currently having any treatment.

15% of depressed people will commit


suicide.
Depression will be the second largest
killer after heart disease by 2020 -- and
studies show depression is a contributory
factor to fatal coronary disease.
As many as one in 33 children and one in
eightadolescentshave clinical
depression. Suicide is the third leading
cause of death for ages 10 to 24.

Most people diagnosed with major


depression receive a diagnosis between
their late twenties to mid-thirties.
Depression often exists with other
diseases, including chronic pain,
arthritis, diabetes and HIV patients.
Depression is also known to weaken the
immune system, making the body more
susceptible to other medical illnesses.

People with depression are four times as


likely to develop a heart attack than
those without a history of the illness.
After a heart attack, they are at a
significantly increased risk of death or
second heart attack.
Depression may increase a woman's risk
for broken bones.
Major depressive disorder is the leading
cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 1544.

Is there really hope against


depression?

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in
despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 2 Cor 4:8-9 (KJV)