Depression in one form or another affects more than 19 million Americans each year (1), more than 1 in 5 Americans can expect to get some form of depression in their lifetime (2), almost two thirds of all depression cases go untreated (3), 15% of those diagnosed with depression commit suicide (4), almost 80% of those who experience depression can feel better with treatment ( 5) and clinical depression commonly co-occurs with other medical illnesses (6). These statistics are all dramatic and they are all about
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of Health : Psychological Disorders and their treatment : Depression, Hales Dianne, Snyder H. Snyder, M.D.-General Editor, Published by Chelsea House of Publishers copyright 1989
(3) Depression is a treatable Illness: A patientís guide: Depression in primary Care, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Pub. No. AHCPR 93-0553 April 1993 (Pamphlet)
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