The Impact of Depression
An estimated 19 million adults are living with major depression. Depression is a serious medical illness that affects every 1 in 10 Americans at one point or another. Women are 70% more likely than men to experience depression, but for both genders it is most common in those who are 25–44 years of age, and least common for those over the age of 65. In children, clinical depression affects girls and boys at about the same rate. It is estimated that about 10 to 15 percent of children and teens are depressed at any given time. Research indicates that one of every four adolescents will have an episode of major depression during high school with the average age of onset being 14 years! Depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors. People with depression do not all experience the same symptoms. Not everyone deals with depression the same way either. Signs might not be visible.