The purpose of starting this website was to create awareness around mental illness and break the stigmas associated with depression and other mental health ailments.
Fact is millions of Americans suffer from depression. The Centers for Disease Control report 1 in 10 adults, 18 and over, are depressed at any given time. In addition, people age 45-64, women, minorities, those unemployed, and people who were previously married are most likely to meet the criteria of major depression. Depression symptoms can be experienced at any stage of life, and by anyone.
Many people live with the symptoms of depression for years without treatment because they do not realize they have a recognized, treatable mental illness. Studies reveal the disorder affects 20% of women and 12% of men at some point in their lives and can negatively impact a person both physically and psychologically. The symptoms of depression can drastically affect social, occupational and personal functioning.
Depression is very serious and if left untreated can lead to deteriorating health and even suicide. There is hope, however. Depression is treatable.