Depression is not just feeling sad, it is classified as a mood disorder. It can be described as feelings of loss and anger, that can affect one’s everyday activities. Moreover, it’s a mental condition that doesn’t discriminate, that’s why people of all ages and walks of life can struggle with it.
Also, depression is a serious mental illness that can get worse without proper treatment. From simply affecting your mood, to affecting your whole body, depression can cause a variety of symptoms, some might be ongoing, while others may come and go.
Did you know that in the United States depression affects 18 million adults (1 in 10 people) every year? Furthermore, did you know that depression is the leading cause of disability for ages 15-44 and is the main reason why someone dies of suicide about every 12 minutes? That’s over 41,000 people every year.
Antidepressants are used in treating several mental health disorders, such as depression, panic disorder, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and others. Depression is the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults every single year. According to a recent National Health and Nutrition Survey, one in every 10 Americans take antidepressants, which actually makes it the third most common prescription drug.
Did you also know that only 36.9% of those suffering from depression and other forms of mental illnesses receive treatment? That’s because some people don’t see it as a serious condition, while others are ashamed to speak about the issues they have to face every day.
However, in recent years, things have changed for the better. In this day and age, many celebrities have talked openly about mental health conditions, and many of them broke the silence and shared their journey and experiences of taking antidepressants and other drugs used in treating mental health illnesses.
Read on and find out which celebrities have spoken freely about taking such prescription drugs!