Demystifying Depression

Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting 6.7% (more than 16 million) of American adults.  Approximately 20 percent of teens experience depression, and between 10 to 15 percent suffer from symptoms at any one time.

Depression is more than feeling sad.  It is a clinical condition that requires the help of medical professionals.

Defining Depression

A depression diagnosis is made when at least five of the following symptoms occur nearly every day for at least two weeks:

  • Depressed mood
  • Loss of pleasure in all or most activities
  • Significant weight change or change in appetite
  • Change in sleep
  • Change in activity
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Diminished concentration
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Suicidality

Depression can occur to anyone, at any age, and to people of any race or ethnic group.  Depression is never a “normal” part of life, no matter what your age, gender or health situation.

Dangers of Depression

According to, a teen takes his or her own life every 100 minutes. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 24.

Dealing with Depression

If you experience symptoms of depression, seek the help of a doctor.  People who work with both a psychiatrist and a counselor are better able to create effective plans for managing depression.

There is much research that a consistent exercise program can help alleviate symptoms of depression.  In fact, a 15-minute brisk walk can elevate your mood for two hours.  Stand UP and walk with us.

Join the Stand UP Foundation on Friday, March 3 at 7:00 PM for a Neon Nights Walk at Harbourside.  The walk will educate participants about issues such as depression and help fund Stand UP’s programs.  Summit Performance Consulting LLC is proud to be a Neon Night’s sponsor.  Click here to register!


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