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  • One out of every 6 people will suffer from major depression at some point in their lives1.
  • Experts predict that by the year 2020, major depression will be the second most important cause of disability throughout the world1.
  • Even though depression is highly treatable, only about one-third of depressed people receive the proper treatment2.
  • Depression often goes overlooked by primary healthcare providers2.
  • People with diabetes may be at a greater risk for depression—and vice-versa3.
  • Depression is an important risk factor for heart disease4.
  • If left untreated, depression can last months or, in some cases, years.
  • As many as 90% of people who've been diagnosed with depression also have symptoms of anxiety5.
  • It is common for people diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) to also receive a diagnosis of depression.
  • Depression and anxiety can be lifelong medical conditions that may require continuous long-term treatment.
  • Studies show that 85% of people who suffer from depression and recover will eventually experience a recurrence6.


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