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Major Depressive Disorder
Often simply known as “depression,” major depressive disorder is classified as at least a two-week period of low mood characterized by low self-esteem, lack of energy and motivation, loss of interest in regular activities, and even pain.
A treatable illness, major depression directly affects an individual’s health, work life, and relations; nearly 16 million American adults are estimated to experience a major depressive episode in a given year. Depression can be brought on by a combination of factors including substance abuse and genetics. A significant percentage of people suffering from chronic depression will die by suicide, and a majority of people who commit suicide are found to have suffered from depression.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
This drawing beautifully captures the suffocating sensation of posttraumatic stress disorder, a debilitating condition that can force people to relive traumatic events through thoughts, feelings, and dreams.
Approximately 9% of American adults are predicted to experience PTSD at some point in their life; rates are much lower in other parts of the world. People suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder are at higher risk for suicide.
Many people still fail to recognize that anorexia, as well as eating disorders as a whole, are mental disorders. Characterized by an obsession with food restriction, weight loss, and a need to be thin, anorexia typically sets in after a major life change or highly stressful event; it is often associated with anxiety or depression.
According to 2011 statistics, some 20 million women and 10 million men in the US were estimated to suffer from a significant eating disorder, including anorexia.