Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world; Globally, an estimated 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression. Depression is more than just feeling “down.” It is a serious illness caused by changes in brain chemistry.
The World Health Organization (WHO) characterizes depression as one of the most disabling disorders in the world, affecting roughly one in five women and one in ten men at some point in their lifetime. It is estimated that 21% of women and 12% of men in the U.S will experience an episode of depression at some point in their lifetime.
Helen M. Farrell, Award-Winning Harvard Psychiatrist, examines the symptoms and treatments of depression, and gives some tips for how you might help a friend who is suffering.