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An estimated 33 to 35 million U.S. adults are likely to experience depression at some point during their lifetime.  Depression affects men and women of all ages, races, and socio-economic statuses.  Women are at a significantly greater risk than men to develop major depression. Studies show that episodes of depression occur twice as frequently in women as in men.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (DSM-IV), major depressive disorder (MDD or depression) is diagnosed when five or more of the following symptoms of depression are present for most of the day, nearly every day for at least 2 weeks.

  • Perpetual feelings of sadness
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Hopelessness
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Low energy
  • Significant weight change
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Loss of libido
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Getting angry easily
  • Panic attacks
  • Acting aggressive
  • Violent

In the next few articles, I will discuss the causes of and holistic, drug-free treatment for depression.  Stay tuned.

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