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Statistics on Depression

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Depression is common mental condition and these days people seem to be suffering from depression because of their stressful lifestyles. Depression not only affects the person who is suffering from depression but also affects their family members. The overall effects of depression are huge. The statistics on depression support this.

According to statistics on depression, it is second most serious, uncontrollable and costly health issue in the world. Still, most people who are suffering from depression are not seeking the treatment they need. Though depression is treatable with proper prescribed medication and psychotherapy, many people don’t seek treatment due to lack of awareness of the help that is available or because of the stigma of mental illness within most societies. Based on the statistics on depression identified by the World Health Organization (WHO), it is clear that around the world, depression seems to be growing everyday. It has become a very serious issue.

Statistics on depression from the World Health Organisation identifies it as the fourth most deadly contributor to the global health diseases and a significant cause of health related disability. WHO declared that by the year 2020 it will be the second highest cause of diseases around the world. According to one study which cited statistics on depression,  121 million people in world are suffering from this disease, and each year hundreds of thousands of people around the world commit suicide due to severe depression.

Here are some general statistics on depression:

  • 121 million people are suffering from depression.
  • Among 25% people seek treatment.
  • After age of 18 yrs, seven persons out of hundred suffer from depression at any stage of their life.
  • One of every 33 children and one of every eight adults suffer from clinical depression.
  • Many people notice their depression in their late thirties.
  • 10% of the 6 million people who are suffering from late life depression receive proper treatment.
  • Experts believe that 80% of people who are suffering from clinical depression are not diagnosed and treated.
  • The world economy also suffers from the cause of depression.  One study indicates that more than $51 million loss is due to lower productivity which is a direct result of depression.
  • Still many people take depression as personal weakness and don’t seek treatment.
  • Most communities around the world (in both developed, developing and emerging countries) place a stigma on mental health disorders including depression.

Though depression is a complex disease, 80 to 90% people get relief if they get proper guidance and treatment. So awareness among people about depression and its effects is very necessary.

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Panic Attacks

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“It was a Godsend that I discovered your program just this past Friday night (luck). I had some panic attacks last November. The ‘theme’ was survival – everybody’s survival. During the panic attacks I thought the end of the world had come. It didn’t, and with therapy and some Valium at critical times I got back to ‘normal’ again, or so I thought.

Then, a couple of months ago, I started having some panic attacks again. I became consumed just by the fear of having another attack. I was concerned just trying to manage my crazy thoughts.  On my lunch break several weeks ago I had a crazy attack – fear I’d have a heart attack, this was my final moment, etc. I chomped down 2 Valiums, and left work early to go home and flop down on my bed.

The next week I caught a cold. This helped take me out of my head and into my body, albeit with a cold. I got over the cold, kept telling myself I was getting better in every way. Then last Friday night in bed I was ‘arguing with somebody’ in my head about something, and I felt a panic attack coming over me. I got out of bed quick, chomped 1/2 Valium, and turned on my computer to Google ‘panic attacks’ as I had done before. Somehow, I reached a site that linked to yours. I read the testimonials and ordered the program. Just reading it changed things for me! I thought I was through with attacks, but if another one came, I could deal with it.

Sunday night, the panic attacks started coming on. I diffused it just about immediately! I feel like a new man.

My appetite has returned. I notice things in my environment. I am optimistic again. My mind is no longer driving me crazy. I appreciate just being alive and this life I have been given. I can deal with whatever comes my way. And, I haven’t had a Valium since Friday’s panic attacks.”

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“Whatever I did, it was always with me. I really suffered a lot. I tried several other methods and ways without any success, and then I read ‘Panic Away’. Of course I was a bit skeptical at first, because I tried whatever not. But still I decided to try it. I just can`t express how much this unique technique has helped me from the very beginning. It`s incredible really. The technique is very simple and maybe that`s why it is so effective. Very soon my panic attacks went away and my background anxiety decreased drastically. Now I am free from attacks and happy to come back to my previous self.  I can laugh again…and all this thanks to Joe and this brilliant method.”

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“I have suffered with panic attacks for 15 years and all the counseling, medication and books I have purchased within the 15 years just masked the fear, never eliminated it for good. But now…”

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“My worst panic attacks were happening in the car – always in the morning on the way to work at one particular place… But, thanks to the program… I am now free of those attacks.”

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Funny, you know, all the “medical professionals” that I been to over the years, alternate and mainstream, not one of them suggested your approach to the problem yet it is so simple!” “I cannot believe what an impact your program has made on my life.”

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“Over the last 5 years I had begun to have increasingly severe anxiety that I am going to faint. Not anymore!”

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“I have suffered with anxiety/panic attacks for over seven years off and on… After three days of reading Panic Away I could hardly believe I was beginning to feel better. After a month I went from having one anxiety attack every day to one in the last month”

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Are You Depressed?

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Are you depressed? Here is a critically important article from Hufinton today.  Anything that is within (brackets) are my additions or explanations. If you prefer, you can read it here in its original form. This is not only an article for those who are depressed, but for all of us who may experience moments of sadness, times of grief or just a ‘normal’ feeling of ‘being down’. So are you depressed?

 

Are You Depressed?

By Ira Is rael

Since the time of Hamlet — “But two months dead, nay, not so much, not two” — our culture has deemed that the bereavement period should last approximately two months. After that time, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, eight of the nine symptoms that characterize bereavement now characterize people who are depressed.

On my DVD “Mindfulness for Urban Depression,” I make a temporal distinction that helps me differentiate pain, grief, and depression: Pain is immediate and often overwhelming. It informs you that there is a precise situation that demands attention. For example, a broken nose or arm is painful because it needs to be addressed urgently.

Grief is the period of time it takes to process a loss, any loss, irrespective of whether it is your mother, your son, your job, your 401K, your home, your car keys, or your favorite pen — anything that is a part of your life is something that you may have to learn to live without.

And then I ponder the putative distinction(s) between grief and depression according to the DSM (Diagnostical and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This manual helps professionals diagnose people who are depressed).

For are we not continuously processing losses? Doesn’t change — and thus simply being alive, since everything is constantly changing — inherently imply loss? Lost hopes, lost dreams, lost aspirations, lost expectations, lost friendships, lost loved ones… (being depressed)!

So then, what exactly does it mean to be diagnosed with depression and why are there 100 million prescriptions for antidepressants written every year in America (and elsewhere in the world)?

(Read Ira’s book or watch the DVD now!)

I would like to explore the possibility that our scientific and capitalistic paradigm has an aversion to heightened emotions – crying, screaming, etc. – and doesn’t allow sufficient bereavement time because grieving can hinder productivity, busyness and business.

Babies cry because they are not getting their immediate needs met. (They are not depressed when they cry.) They cannot articulate which need isn’t being met — food, safety, cleanliness, or affection — and the situation requires a caretaker to interpret what the non-specific cry refers to. Adults need the same basic things as babies need to survive, but to thrive in our advanced society an adult also needs a sense of self, a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose, a sense of accomplishment, the space to process emotions, some means of attaining whatever peace of mind he or she can muster… and maybe a little sex, although I would argue that it is far easier to live without sex than it is to live without affection. Maslow adds “self-actualization” to the top his hierarchy of needs, but I feel that this ability to overcome and transcend oneself is problematic for spiritual reasons that I am not going to address here.

Let’s explore for a moment the possibility that the symptoms the DSM identifies as constituting depression are analogous to the non-specific crying of babies, that depression is a blunt tool people subconsciously learn to use in order to try to get their needs met. Crying does not solve the baby’s problem, but it does draw other people’s attention to the situation. Similarly, depression doesn’t solve any problems although there could be secondary gains such as avoiding work; viewed as a tool, depression is obviously maladaptive, but it does draw attention to a potentially problematic situation.

And when we interpret these situations, when we “read” the symptoms, we often find that the depressed person does not feel as if he or she has the space or time to process losses and disappointments, and/or he or she doesn’t have the loving and trustworthy connections that would facilitate the sympathy and empathy needed to work through the natural traumas of being alive and experiencing perpetual change.

I doubt you ever heard anyone say, “I feel completely lovable, and I feel loved, supported, and appreciated by my family, friends and colleagues, and I’m depressed.”

All of us will experience terrible traumas and tragedies. It is those of us with real community who will be able to process our resentments and negative emotions and move forward in a positive light (rather than being depressed).

I guess it comes as no surprise then when we learn of recent studies demonstrating that placebos, exercise, and meditation are more effective than antidepressants in the long run.

Which is a more empowering position, to believe that you have a certain gene or brain chemistry that causes a disease as defined by a book that changes every 15-20 years, or to analyze your way of being, your relationships, your needs and your tools for getting them met, and then make adjustments that bode more favorably for your overall well-being and happiness (rather than being depressed)?

(Read Ira’s book or watch the DVD now!)

If it will help you decide, just read Lisa Cosgrove and Sheldon Krimsky’s article from the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, wherein they state, “The revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders … has created a firestorm of controversy because of questions about undue pharmaceutical industry influence.”

It is clear that as a society we are tolerant of a relatively thin bandwidth of human emotions. Curing the supposed depression epidemic is not contingent upon altering brain chemistry with billions of dollars of pharmaceuticals. Treating this dis-ease would first entail reframing our cultural paradigm and changing our priorities to create the time and space needed for people to express and process a wider range of emotions. Secondly, it would entail teaching people skills for cultivating loving relationships and community so that they don’t feel alienated, isolated, and disconnected. Thirdly, it would entail providing people with healthy tools like meditation and yoga that are specifically designed to help cultivate personal equanimity, peace of mind, and ease.

So… are you depressed?

(Read Ira’s book or watch the DVD now!)

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