135. Some Sobering Statistics

  • One in four adults experiences a mental health disorder in a given year.
  • Major depressive disorder affects 6.7% of American adults.
  • According to the 2004 World Health Report, major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the United States and Canada for ages 15-44.
  • Anxiety disorders affect about 18.7% of American adults.
  • Suicide is the eleventh-leading cause of death in the United States and the third-leading cause of death for people ages 10-24 years.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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2 Responses to 135. Some Sobering Statistics

  1. Bob says:

    In the past I have fit so comfortablly into each of the categories you list above. Perhaps you would follow up with a drop or two of HOPE. Just enough encouragement, you know, to keep those of us still fighting the black dog on a daily basis from doing something stupid.

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