It’s not a secret (finally, thankfully) that America has a depression problem. About 1 in 10 Americans suffer from depression at some point in their lives, while the number is about 1 in 4 globally. It’s that “at some point in their lives” part that I think gets overlooked a lot of the time. Depression is different for different people; some are chronically depressed and may have dysthymia, making them fatigued and sad most of the time, while others go through periods of ups and downs or get depressed only during certain times of the year.
Fortunately, and thanks in part to the battle against mental health stigma, researchers are learning a lot about what may cause depression in the first place. This will hopefully lead to a better understanding of its spectrum and how to help people manage (or maybe even cure) it.
Two studies that have come out this year have been…
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