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- Mood disorders are serious illnesses that affect 15-20 percent of all Americans at some time in their lives.
- Depression is currently the leading cause of disability in developed countries, and the fourth leading cause of disability worldwide.
- Depression's annual toll on U.S. businesses amounts to about $70 billion in medical expenditures, lost productivity and other costs.
Signs of Depression
- Inability to enjoy things that used to be pleasurable.
- Feelings of sadness or irritability.
- Loss of interest in work or leisure activities.
- Change in normal appetite or weight.
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Fatigue or loss of energy.
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions.
- Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, and helplessness.
- Increased pain or other stress related illness.
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.