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Depression Statistics

  • 9 1/2 % of Americans over the age of 18 suffer from some depressive order, including major depression, dysthymic disorder, and bipolar disorder.

  • Depression affects 15% of the population of developed countries, 30% of those affected being the female.

  • 80% of the people suffering from depression are not being treated for it, and 41% of them are too embarrassed to get help.

  • And the most sobering statistic about depression is15%of the patients suffering from it will commit suicide.

I have found a great way to battle my depression — Journaling! It allows you get to get the bad stuff out so you can "file and forget it". It lets you track your moods and thoughts so maybe you can see if you are sabotaging yourself with negative feelings.

I used to write in a notebook but in this age of computers, I prefer to type instead of write by hand. I have found a couple of good FREE journal programs. There is idaily diary and RedNoteBook. Both are password protected for your peace of mind.

Check out these articles

Writing Your Way Out of Depression

Journaling through Depression

How Journaling Can Reduce Your Stress

Journaling Your Way to Recovery - Beating Depression With A Notebook

More from WebMD

Drugs to Treat Depression

Myth or Fact? Depression Can Be Inherited

Page updated on 10-27-09

Depression Information and Support Links

Have a Heart's Suicide Help

Andrew's Depression Page

Dr. Ivan's Depression Central

Depression at Intelihealth

Healthtouch-Leaflets on Depression

Depression Reality

Depression- How Medicine can help

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