At some point in all of our lives, we come to a point when we ask ourselves “Am I crazy? What is wrong with me?” to some degree or another. What that is in most of us is depression. Depression comes in many forms and originates from many causes and we all suffer from it at some point or points in our lives but what defines us in the end is how we handle depression and what we do about it. What is sometimes considered “uncommon knowledge” is that every single one of us has the power to beat depression instilled within us and if that can be realized then it is so easy to become not only a stronger person but a better person as well.
Jammerzine talks with Graham Aitchison. He is a musician and author that has not only conquered his depression, but documented it as a guide for combating what could be a crippling illness if you let it become that. Please take a listen to hear how you too can learn to better yourself and to truly realize that there is “No Way Out But Through”.
Depression Statistics (from aada.org):
- 6.6% of the U.S. adult population will experience major depression within a 12-month period.
- Rates of diagnosis of depression vary based on states. In 2006-2008, North Dakota had the lowest rate (4.8%) while Mississippi had the highest rate (14.8%), according to Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data.
- Bipolar disorder, which involves alternating periods of depression and mania, affects about 6 million people in the United States, or about 3% of the total adult population.
- Over 80% of people with symptoms of clinical depression are not receiving any specific treatment for their depression.
- According to a study done at Harvard, the number of patients diagnosed with depression increases by approximately 20% per year.
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