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Depression is a treatable medical illness, but millions suffer in silence. World Health Organization's year-long #LetsTalk campaign is geared to raise awareness about depression so that millions who suffer can seek medical help and family, friends and colleagues of people living with depression are able to provide support.
What You Need to Know
- Depression is a common medical illness worldwide. It affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. Globally, over 300 million people suffer from depression.
- Adolescents and young adults, women of reproductive age (particularly after childbirth), and older adults (over 60) are more likely to suffer from depression.
- Depression is a serious mood disorder that affects your whole body including your mood and thoughts.
- Depression causes ongoing, extreme feelings of sadness, helplessness, hopeless, and irritability. These feelings are usually a noticeable change from what’s “normal” for you, and they last for more than two weeks.
- Depression may be diagnosed after a careful psychiatric exam and medical history done by a mental health professional.
- Depression is most often treated with medicine or therapy, or a combination of both.
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Read Depression: His Versus Hers in Healthy Aging
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Teens and Depression: Early detection and treatment
- About 1 in 20 teenagers will experience an episode of major depression. This is a common biologically based illness among adolescents but it is often missed.
- Prior to puberty, males and females report similar rates of depression. During and after adolescence, females begin to show higher rates of the illness, nearly two to one.
- Parents can support their children by learning about the signs and symptoms of the illness and by being open to treatment. If you have any concerns, please talk with the teen or others (teachers, counselors, advisors) who know the teen well.
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- Untreated depression is associated with a number of serious consequences including suicide. Thankfully, most teenagers respond well to treatment. Adolescents with depression can get well, but they need to have the illness recognized and treated to avoid suffering unnecessarily.
- Families, teachers and counselors are essential for early detection and treatment. Having a network of people who are knowledgeable about the illness and willing to help and to lend support can make an enormous difference when getting well.
Read a brochure about Adolescent Health: What we know, what we look for, and what we do, written by the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Read Debunking Myths of Teen Depression, written by the Mood Disorders in Adolescents and Young Adults Program (MAP) at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
Our Physicians, Psychologists, and Therapists
Hopkins’ approach to mood disorders is based in science, awareness and clinical care. Our long-standing tradition recognizes the collaborative relationships among care providers, patients and their families.
Each year the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center hosts a symposium to improve knowledge and treatment of mood disorders.
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