By Russell T. Joffe, Anthony J. Levitt

Melancholy is likely one of the commonest health problems this present day, affecting one in 5 humans at your time of their lives. it's possibly a critical and disabling psychological affliction influencing all elements of a person's lifestyle. higher abilities, medicinal drugs, and methods were constructed long ago ten years to effectively deal with it. this crucial new booklet clears away the confusion and misunderstandings approximately depressive ailment and offers priceless information regarding the dramatic advances which were made in facing this sickness. It explains how sufferers and people who take care of them can take an lively half in supporting deal with and deal with melancholy.

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Minor Depression The symptoms of minor depression are the same as those of major depression but are usually less severe and last for a long time. Dysthymia is a common type of minor depression and is categorized by chronic low-grade depression. Dysthymia is less common than major depression, but dysthymic individuals seem predisposed to develop a major Page 16 depression later on. The later development of a major depression is so likely that many of our colleagues believe dysthymia is a chronic risk condition for the development of major depression.

Page 18 Figure 2-3: The ten leading causes of disease burden for women 15 to 45. In North America, your chances of having a major depression are one in six during your lifetime. Put another way, at some point in life, 18% of the populations in the United States and Canada will have at least one episode of major depression in their lifetime. This contrasts with the incidence of diabetes or asthma which is around 5% (Fig. 2-3). , 2 to 4% of the population as a whole have SAD. An interesting finding is that, statistically, it may be quite normal to feel a little down during the winter period.

Another option is to contact a self-help group or other volunteer organization such as the Canadian Mental Health Association. Groups like these usually have literature available. Some even have counselors you can talk with on the telephone or in person. You can also visit your local library or book store. If you have some of the more severe symptoms of depressionpoor concentration, low self-esteem , loss of energy-these may prevent you from taking any of these steps. Total 2 or lessunlikely major depression, but may have other health problemTotal 3-unlikely major depression but still may benefit from visit to family doctor forassessmentTotal 4 (one is either depressed mood or lost interest)likely depression.

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