Most will have to see between 4 & 10 doctors before they are properly diagnosed.
Of those with Depression who are misdiagnosed, 1 in 5 will attempt suicide. 20% of those will succeed.
Gay Men & Lesbians experience Environmental Depression - depression caused by ones life environment - at a rate 4 times that of their Heterosexual counterparts.
Depression is mostly organic - that is hereditary - as are most mental illnesses.
Depression can also be episodic - directly caused by a life episode eg...
- Infection of HIV / diagnosis of a terminal illness
- Death of loved one
- Loss of a job
- Betrayal / disassociation by a partner
- Major Illness
Those with Depression are often shunned by friends / family and often referred to as "Needy / High Maintenance / Attention Seeking / Precious / Difficult". When the individual attempts to explain their feelings, they are often ridiculed and/or told such phrases as "Don't be silly" - "Toughen Up" - "Why can't you be 'easier'?"
Those with Depression are 4 times as likely to engage in some form of patterned behaviour such as excessive alcohol intake, high levels of promiscuity, higher recreational drug use (most commonly marijuana and/or speed).
Few doctors are trained in Depression and patients often report that they have been informed by their doctor to "Get a hobby and try to keep yourself occupied".
By the time you have finished reading this - 1 person in Australia will have committed suicide - 10 people in America will have committed suicide.