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Depression, in 2015, occurred in about 6.7% of the people in the United States.  Major depressive disorder (MDD), one type of depression, had the highest prevalence in people who were in the 18-25 age group, and almost twice as many women as men experienced it.1

While not intended to be diagnostic, the following are typical symptoms:

  • Depressed mood (a change in a person’s baseline mood) or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities for 2 weeks or more;

  • Impaired social, occupational, and/or educational functioning;

  • 5 of the following:

    Depressed mood/irritable every day, most days;

    Decreased interest or pleasure in daily activities most of each day;

    Significant weight change (± 5%) or change in appetite;

    Change in sleep (hypersomnia or insomnia)

    Psychomotor agitation or retardation

    Fatigue or loss of energy

    Excessive guilt or worthlessness

    Diminished ability to concentrate



Dysthymia is another type of depression, with generally the same symptoms as above, but milder in severity.  The key marker of dysthymia is that it is long term, and a person generally will not go 2 months without symptom.2

Nearly half (48%-50%) of the $210.5 billion per year cost to society are losses in the workplace, including absenteeism (missed days from work) and presenteeism (reduced productivity while at work).  

Getting Help. 

In spite of its big impact on work and the enjoyment of life, depression, fortunately is one of the more easily treated disorders and plenty of help is available.

  • Best option:  make an appointment with a psychiatrist or a therapist on your insurance plan ($15 copay).  Don’t know any?  Call us at Life & Work Connections (520-621-2493), or call the number on the back of your insurance card.
  • Second best option:  Make an appointment with your primary care doctor.
  • OR… you can start by making an appointment with one of our counselors at Life & Work Connections (520-621-2493).  Our sessions are free and confidential.

1.  (NIMH, 2015)
2.  (American Psychiatric Association, 2013)