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What is Depression?

What is Depression?

Depression, also known as clinical depression, is a serious medical and mental health disorder that ...more »

  • Depression: Various syndromes with excessive anxiety, phobias, or fear.
  • Depression: A mental state of depressed mood characterised by feelings of sadness, despair and discouragement. (On-line Medical Dictionary)
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Depression: a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Depression: Introduction

Types of Depression:

Types of Depression:

Broader types of Depression:

How many people get Depression?

Prevalance of Depression: estimated 5.3% adults (USSG); 17 million people; approximately 4% of adolescents get seriously depressed (NIMH); annually 12% of women ; 7% of men; lifetime risk of an episode for women 20%. 3-4 million men USA.
Prevalance Rate of Depression: approx 1 in 18 or 5.30% or 14.4 million people in USA [about data]
Lifetime risk of Depression: 7.9-8.6% of adults will have major depression during their lifetime in Canada (Health Canada)

Who gets Depression?

Patient Profile for Depression: Common in adults and teenagers.

Gender Profile for Depression: Twice as many women as men.

Gender Profile for Depression: Nearly twice as many women (12 percent) as men (7 percent) are affected by a depressive illness each year. At some point during their lives, as many as 20 percent of women have at least one episode of depression that should be treated. Although conventional wisdom holds that depression is most closely associated with menopause, in fact, the childbearing years are marked by the highest rates of depression, followed by the years prior to menopause. (Source: excerpt from Depression Research: NIMH)

Racial Information for Depression: Severe chronic depression is another problem that commonly affects Latinas; about one-half of Hispanic/Latina women reported severe chronic depression compared to thirty-seven percent of non-Hispanic white and forty-seven percent of non-Hispanic black women. (Source: excerpt from Minority: NWHIC)

How serious is Depression?

Complications of Depression: see complications of Depression

What causes Depression?

Causes of Depression: see causes of Depression
Risk factors for Depression: see risk factors for Depression

What are the symptoms of Depression?

Symptoms of Depression: see symptoms of Depression

Complications of Depression: see complications of Depression

Onset of Depression: It occurs more commonly between 25 to 44 years of age

Can anyone else get Depression?

Inheritance: see inheritance of Depression

Depression: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Depression.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Depression.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Depression: General practitioner, Primary care physician, Psychiatrist, Behavioural psychologist, Neurologist, Neuropharmacologist, Gynaecologist, Family practitioners, Internist, Behavioral therapist, Family counselor ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Depression.
Treatments for Depression: see treatments for Depression
Alternative treatments for Depression: see alternative treatments for Depression
Prevention of Depression: see prevention of Depression
Research for Depression: see research for Depression

Society issues for Depression


Cost statistics for Depression: The following are statistics from various sources about costs and Depression:

  • Anxiety disorders cost the economy $42 billion each year in the US (Anxiety Disorders Association of America)
  • $22.84 billion is spent each year on healthcare services for anxiety disorders in the US (Anxiety Disorders Association of America)
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Hospitalization statistics for Depression: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Depression:
  • Average 15.2 hospital days per case in Canada 1999 (Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Health Canada)
  • 80 per 100,000 population hospitalizations in Canada 1999 (Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Health Canada)
  • 60 men per 100,000 population hospitalizations in Canada 1999 (Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Health Canada)
  • 100 women per 100,000 population hospitalizations in Canada 1999 (Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Health Canada)
  • 0.2% (25,852) of hospital consultant episodes were for depressive episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 93% of hospital consultant episodes for depressive episodes required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 39% of hospital consultant episodes for depressive episodes were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Depression:

Organs and body systems related to Depression include:

Name and Aliases of Depression

Main name of condition: Depression

Class of Condition for Depression: behavior

Other names or spellings for Depression:

Clinical depression, major depression, unipolar depression, blues, melancholia, Major depressive disorder.

Primary affective disorder, Puerperal depression [postpartum depression], Depression, postpartum [postpartum depression], SAD [Seasonal Affective Disorder] Source - Diseases Database

Depression: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Depression:

 

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