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This week the Centers for Disease Control revealed some alarming statistics regarding the problem of depression here in the United States. 

The use of antidepressant drugs has soared nearly 400% since 1988.

Antidepressant medication is the most commonly used form of medication for people between the ages of 18 – 44.  One in twenty-five teens regularly takes antidepressant pills.  The study also showed that nearly one in four women ages 40 to 59 are taking antidepressants.  Furthermore, more than 60% of Americans have taken antidepressant medication for two years or longer, with 14% taking the medication for 10 years or more. 

There are genetic and organic causes for depression, but most depression is being caused by the dysfunctional society that we live in. 

What is the remedy for this alarming crisis? 

First of all, we need to remedy our relationship with God.  Recently, the outdoor sign of a Christian church of another denomination was advertising their health program: yoga, Yahweh Yoga and Zumba.  Exercise is important, but what we really need is the Eucharist, Mary and Confession. 

Secondly, our family life needs to be strong.  A great place to start is for moms to stay home and take care of the kids and for families to have dinner every night as a family. 

Thirdly, we need friends, and not friends on the Internet, but real friends; friends that we talk to in person.  Friends that we can hug, shake a hand, enjoy a good laugh, a good glass of wine, and yes, even a good cigar.

If everyone were to implement these three things, I am sure that the next study from the Centers for Disease Control will show a dramatic decline in the use of antidepressant pills.     

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