Is depression serious?

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Depression is a serious clinical disease. Even short periods of depression can cause poor quality of life for the individual experiencing it. It can also become chronic or recurrent, which often leads to major life dysfunction if not recognized and treated. It has been associated with other chronic mental and physical diseases.

Depression is also a leading factor in approximately half of all suicide cases. Deaths by suicide result from roughly 2% of patients managed as outpatients for depression and nearly 9% of patients hospitalized for risk of suicide. There are many options available for treating depression successfully however, so if you or someone you know may be depressed it is important to seek help right away.
Sharine Forbes
Geriatric Medicine
In America, depression is regarded as one of the most devastating emotional disorders, as statistics reveal that nearly 19 million people of the total population suffer from depression in some degree. 

Depression is a serious illness. Left untreated, depression increases the risk of other serious health problems, such as heart disease. It can drive you to abuse alcohol and drugs and can instigate conflicts within your family and personal relationships. Most seriously, untreated severe depression can lead to suicide.

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