Information on Depression

Doug didn't know what was happening to him. Ordinarily an outgoing person, he had begun spending his free time alone in his room. Life seemed to provide no pleasure. Even food didn't taste as good as before. He couldn't bring himself to study, and his grades were beginning to reflect it. His friends were starting to worry about him. He always seemed to be sleeping, and when he was awake he seemed distant, humorless and aloof. Normally cheerful, he could be seen crying over "little things." At times, feelings of guilt would almost overwhelm him. For the first time in his life, Doug was considering suicide. Doug was suffering from a deep depression.

At any point in time, 10 percent of the adult population is suffering from serious depression. 

Depression is an illness that affects about 17 million Americans. 25 percent of women and 12 percent of men will have depression at some time in their lives. Before puberty, the rates of depression in boys and girls are the same, but the incidence doubles in adult women. Hormonal changes may account for some of this difference, but many professionals believe that we often just fail to recognize depression in men because it tends to be manifested differently, for instance in more angry, acting-out behavior and more substance abuse than in women. For those of you who are particularly interested in depression in men, and would like to read stories by men about their experiences with depression, we recommend the following websites: here and here.