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FACTS - Depression, Bipolar and Anxiety


FACTS...About Depression

  • Can be triggered by stress, poor nutrition, physical illness, relationship difficulties
  • Recent research has discovered that depression onset is occurring earlier in individuals born in the most recent decades
  • Depression often goes hand in hand with anxiety and substance abuse
  • 2/3 of people suffering from depression do not seek help


FACTS...About Bipolar

  • Up to 90% of bipolar disorders start before the age of 20
  • Studies suggest that half of the people living with bipolar have attempted suicide
  • 1 in every 100 people have bipolar disorder
  • Almost 1/2 of everyone with bipolar disorder struggles with drugs and alcohol
  • Majority of people who complete suicide from bipolar disorder are between the ages of 18 - 25


FACTS...About Anxiety

  • Most common mental illness in the United States - 40 million people suffer from it
  • Takes on several forms; phobias, social anxiety, OCD and posttraumatic stress
  • Only 1/3 of those suffering receive treatment
  • Panic attacks, dry-mouth, problems swallowing are common symptoms
  • Linked to heart problems
  • People with anxiety have a harder time becoming "close" with people



**Information resource:  Kickin the Blues, Sean Costello Memorial Foundation for Bipolar Disorder