Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thursday Thirteen : Canadian Facts About Depression

1. About 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men will suffer from depression at some point in their life 2. Almost 1.5 million Canadians have serious depression but less than 1/3 of them seek medical help 3. 54% of people feel that depression is a sign of weakness 4. Depression/anxiety is the leading cause of disability among women 5. About 15% of women with serious depression will commit suicide 6. About 10 % of women will experience post-partum depression in the months following the birth of their children 7. Depression in women generally occurs most frequently between the ages of 25 and 44 8. Men with serious depression are three times as likely to commit suicide 9. 1 in 7 men will experience depression within three months of being unemployed 10. Children who experience depression are more likely to have a family history of depression 11. Depression/anxiety occur about 15% in those over 65 12. In Canada it is estimated that the costs of depression is upwards of $25 million 13. Depression is the result of complex interactions between life situations, thoughts, emotions, physiology and actions http://www.bayridgetreatmentcentre.com/facts_statistics.html http://chealth.canoe.ca/channel_section_details.asp?text_id=2743&channel_id=155&relation_id=3970 http://www.comh.ca/antidepressant-skills/work/resources/factsaboutdepression/

13 comments:

CountryDew said...

Interesting facts. Thanks for sharing. Depression is a big problem, one that I have never thought fixable with just a pill.

I am Harriet said...

It is definitely more common than one would expect.

Enjoy your Thursday!
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Alice Audrey said...

My son, who has some reason to know, says that depression is just anger without enthusiasm. I say women have more long-term anger than men.

Heather said...

An informative post. It's definitely a bigger issue than many believe.

Forgetfulone said...

#5 and 8 (about suicide) are really scary statistics. And I wonder why so many people see it as a sign of weakness?

Shelley Munro said...

Depression is a big problem these days. In NZ one of our big name sports stars fronts an advertising campaign, which has brought public notice to the problem.

Mercy said...

Ive been there :) Very informative thanks.

colleen said...

Just learned that Attention Deficit Over-activity (which so many children are medicated for) is linked to food dye. I wonder if depression has a similar connection.

I had a major depression/anxiety bout 30 years ago probably due to Hashimotos Thyroid. There were no anti-depressants then.

irel said...

Very informative thanks for sharing! And thanks for the comment and visit too:D Enjoy the weekend!

princessr9 said...

Good stuff to know. Thanks for stopping by!

Cinnamon owl said...

Depression is one mental illness that people don't understand. They expect sufferers to just snap out of it and don't realize that is not possible. My mom has had clinical depression my whole life, and I know how it affects her.

Kimberly Menozzi said...

This is a subject I know all too well - thanks for trying to get the word out and hopefully educating others. I can't tell you how many times I've been told to "snap out of it" when I've been hurting more than I could possibly say, and how much more painful that made things.

In the US, we have a National Depression Awareness Day during Mental Illness Awareness Week in October. Free screening is available and assistance is provided for those who can't afford help on their own. Does Canada have a similar approach? I know you have healthcare provided, but does that cover mental health costs as well?

Sandra Collins said...

Kimberly -
We are lucky in that yes most cost associated with mental health issues are covered, we can be referred for help through family doctors, mental health clinics ect. The waiting list for programs can sometimes be very long though.

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