The World Health Organization estimates that about 121 million people worldwide have some form of depression.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about 14.8 million adult Americans experience clinical depression in any given year — or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population over 18.
These are just the ones who may have received help or were logged in somewhere that could be used for data. This does not include children or others who have been misdiagnosed, ie. thyroid issues, or dual diagnoses that are being treated for addiction rather than the mental health component.
Yet, there is such stigma and such isolation. It rages inside and makes us want to scream in frustration and pain.
So, with all those people suffering and understanding the struggle, there are so many more who are afraid of it or pretend it does not exist.
Given all the evidence and anecdotal studies —-
Why does it make each of us feel so alone?