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Note Citations included but form is not correct Every year more than 19 million American Adults suffer from clinical depression Many people begin to feel depressed as the result of some recent notable event or events which occurred in ones life However these events are often not the the only cause of a major depressive episode Family history and genetics play a significant part in the greater likelihood of someone becoming depressed in their lifetime Clinical depression is a serious and common disorder of mood that is pervasive intense and attacks the mind and body at the same time The symptoms of depression include feeling sad and blue not enjoying activities once found pleasurable having difficulty doing things that used to be easy to do restlessness fatigue changes in sleep appetite or weight inability to make decisions feelings of worthlessness and thoughts of death or suicide Unlike feeling down-hearted or blue every now and then clinical depression persists and does not go away on its own Clinical depression is an illness that can last for months or years if left untreated 30 of all clinically depressed patients attempt suicide half of them succeed According to the National Institute of Mental Health more than 19 million Americans each year develop depression Recent research indicates the number may be even higher closer to 20 million Less than half of the people suffering from depression actually receive treatment Researchers believe that one out of every five adults may experience a depression at some point in their lives Twice as many women as men suffer from depression although everybody including children can develop the illness As many as 90 of people with depression improve from a combination of psychotherapy and antidepressants however adverse side effects from certain medications make it difficult for many to take them Some complementary and alternative therapies may be helpful in reducing the side effects from such medications other complementary and alternative therapies
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