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How many people are affected by depression and anxiety?

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I did not realize how many people are affected by depression & anxiety.
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Nobody knows.  Not as many as what you read.  More than we'd like.
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The thing about depression is that there are different levels.  Someone can be mildly depressed and still fit the criteria and some can be severely depressed.  There is a wide range of how depression affects someone.  Someone can have the blues and feel depressed but it is temporary and situational.  Clinical depression is a much more pervasive problem into people's lives. There are statistics out there that would indicate it is pretty common and no one should ever feel alone if they are depressed.  They certainly are in the company of others who are too.  I wish the stigma that has surrounded mental health issues such as depression would be completely gone but still is not although it is better than past decades.  The important thing is to ask for help if you suspect you are depressed.  
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Im sure a lot of people have it more then we know. I know I deal with anxiety and depression and its really hard. Also different people are effected by it differently. just because i feel certain things doesnt mean someone else will have the exact same symptoms.
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iDK if there;s been any studies of people personally affected by depression. I do  know the NIMH states suicide is the 3rd leading cause of fatalities of people between the ages of 13 and 30.  I think that tells you its fairly common for young people to be suffering from depression.
Not necessarily.  This is an age with very few deaths compared to total deaths, so death itself is very uncommon in this age group comparatively speaking.  Adding to that the fact that depression isn't the only cause of suicide -- kind of hard to know since the person to talk to is dead -- it would be very hard to extrapolate from this one fact how common depression is.  But however common or uncommon it is and however uncertain the definition of it is, any depression is too much.  As a comparison, one of the groups with the highest suicide rates today are veterans, but this could include those with pain or injuries or anxiety or other things people choose not to live with -- again, depression is only one reason to commit suicide.  So the focus should be on how awful it is that anyone has it, and trying to find a way to cure it or prevent it.
By the way, the only reason I mentioned this at all is that "fun with statistics" is so prevalent in today's society.  Important to remember that statistics don't represent facts, they are one argument for a position.  They are very difficult to get right, and impossible for others to know if the study was done correctly or for a purpose and therefore skewed.  You can use statistics to prove almost anything if you want to.  Take auto accidents -- if you're in an accident and you have alcohol in your system, the anti-alcohol consumption movement has managed to pin blame on the alcohol.  But even if you're drunk to the gills, if someone runs a red light and smashes into your car, the alcohol had nothing to do with it.  But because it's in your system, it will be counted in the statistics on drunk driving.  Statistics are best when the organization posting them has no axe to grind or sponsor to please or money to make.  They are very useful when unbiased, but they can be confusing.  Peace.
Okay I learned my lesson I  certainly was educated by your reply.   I still think  way too many young people commit suicide and even one is too many imo.   Next time I'll be more careful what I write.
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