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1Introduction It is normal for people to feel sad and grief stricken at some point of their lives Everyone gets the blues at one time or another as a result of stressful events However some people develop a more serious illness called depressive disorder Depressive disorder is a very common mental illness and most people will get it at some point of their lives However people need to understand the difference between unhappiness and sadness and the symptoms of depressive disorder because without treatment depressive disorder can last for months or years while affecting a persons ability to cope through life And this is what the report is based on depressive disorder In this report I will be examining what depression is the symptoms major causes and risk factors statistics and figures the treatment available and current health promotion strategies 2Research and Findings What is Depression The symptoms that are associated with depressive disorder include sleep disturbance loss of interest in life lack of interest in food or overeating low energy fatigue long lasting feelings of sadness hopelessness and guilt loss of concentration thoughts of death and suicide How Many People Have It Depression can occur at any age However research shows that depressive disorder is mainly present in young adults ranging from 15 to 20 years and people who are in their early 40s It affects 340 million people worldwide and 1 in every 20 people will become depressed with women twice more likely as men to suffer from it In the year 2020 depression is anticipated to become the leading cause of disability and the 2nd leading contributor to the global burden of disease Some facts and statistics of depression include 61607Depressive disorder can occur at any age It is mainly present in young adults 15-20 years and people in their early 40s 61607Depression affects 340 million people worldwide 61607Suicide is associated with 1 million
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