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Depression

Major depression is a mood state that goes well beyond temporarily feeling sad or blue. It is a serious medical illness that affects one’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, mood and physical health.

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In 2014, an estimated 2.8 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year, according to NIMH.

20%

Of teens will experience depression before reaching adulthood. 

  • The death rate from suicide (11.3 per 100,000 population) remains higher than the death rate for chronic liver disease, Alzheimer’s, homicide, arteriosclerosis or hypertension.
  • For every two homicides committed in the United States, there are three suicides.
  • The suicide rate for older adults is more than 50% higher than the rate for the nation as a whole.
  • Up to two-thirds of older adult suicides are attributed to untreated or misdiagnosed depression.
  • Untreated depression is the number one risk for suicide among youth.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15 to 24 year olds and the fourth leading cause of death in 10 to 14 year olds.
  • Young males age 15 to 24 are at highest risk for suicide, with a ratio of males to females at 7:1.
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FAQ

How do I know if I’m depressed?
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating, or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

 

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How to Get Help

If someone you know threatens suicide or shows signs of suicidal thoughts, contact 800-681-7444 immediately. You can also call the Centerstone main line at 888-291-HELP.

  • Reach out using the Ask an Expert section of our website.
  • Call Centerstone at 1-888-291-4357 (HELP) to schedule an appointment with a therapist.
  • If you feel like you need immediate help, please call 1-800-681-7444 for 24-hour Crisis Services.
  • We are located in Nashville, Tennessee
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