During my youth and before giving birth, I had mild dysthymia for years of my life, which is now called persistent depressive disorderaccording to the DSM-5. I also had postpartum depression after the birth of my first child and was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder. As the years progressed, I experienced suicidal depression.
The beauty in it all is that I survived and overcame it all and you can too. Recovery and wellness are possible. I am living proof.
Who is Affected by Depression?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO),350 million people of all ages worldwide suffer from depression.
The NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) estimates that in the United States, 16 million adults had at least one major depressive episode in 2012. That’s 6.9 percent of the population.
Depression is a leading cause of disability. ~Jan 28, 2015