By David Wipperfurth

Defining Depression
Being: ● Sad ● Anxious ● Irritable ● Frustrated ● Melancholy

For two or more weeks

Populous Statistics
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19 million American adults are depressed 9 million suffer from major clinical depression 10% of people are depressed each year 15% of people have been depressed 10% of men get depression 25% of women get depression

Cost Statistics

US$51 Billion / year, lost on absenteeism from depression US$30 Billion / year spent on treatment Depression can trigger many other health problems, the cost of which has not been calculated

Suicide Statistics
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15% of depressed people will commit suicide There are more suicides than homicides 9th leading cause of death 3rd leading cause of death for 15-24 yearolds 2nd leading cause of death for college students

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80% of depressed go un-treated 60% of depressed don't even seek treatment 41% of women are too embarrassed 80% of those tested have depression 80% of people who seek treatment show significant improvement in their lives!

Symptoms of Depression
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Sadness or “down” mood Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities Changes in Eating habits Changes in Sleeping habits Having low energy Feelings of worthlessness Trouble concentrating Moving/speaking very slowly Fidgety/restless behavior Contemplation of personal injury

Signs of Suicidal Intent
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Two times more women attempt suicide Four times more men commit suicide

Suicidal individuals often: ● talk about suicide directly or indirectly

talk as if they are saying goodbye or going away arrange to put their affairs in order
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“My family would be better off with out me.”

giving away articles they value paying off debts changing a will

Helping Others / Yourself
Depression Suggestions: ● Talk to them ● Ask Questions ● Suggest talking to a professional Suicide prevention steps: ● Talk to them ● Talk to another of their loved ones ● Seek professional help

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