Depression

I am ignorant and impotent and yet, somehow or other, here I am, unhappy, no doubt, profoundly dissatisfied... In spite of everything I survive.

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Depressive illness, which is probably the greatest masquerade of general practice, is one of the commonest illnesses in medicine and is often confused with other illnesses. It is a very real illness that affects the entire mind and body. Unfortunately, there is a social stigma associated with depression and many patients tend to deny that they are depressed.

It is a useful working rule to consider depression as an illness that seriously dampens the five basic activities of humans:

• energy for activity

• ability to cope with life

Many episodes of depression are transient and should be regarded as normal but 10% of the population have significant depressive illness. The lifetime risk of being treated for depression is approximately 12% for men and 25% for women. 1

Anxiety and Depression 101

Anxiety and Depression 101

Everything you ever wanted to know about. We have been discussing depression and anxiety and how different information that is out on the market only seems to target one particular cure for these two common conditions that seem to walk hand in hand.

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