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- Mood disorders are serious illnesses that affect 15-20% 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