Facts about Depression
Depression results in more absenteeism than almost any other physical disorder and costs employers more than US$51 billion per year in absenteeism and lost productivity, not including high medical and pharmaceutical bills.
Depression and mood disorders affect over one million Canadians interfering with a person’s ability to work, study, sleep, eat, and enjoy once pleasurable activities.
Depression will be the second largest killer after heart disease by 2020 -- and studies show depression is a contributory factor to fatal coronary disease.
The consequences of untreated depression can be increased incidence of depression in adulthood, involvement in the criminal justice system, drug/alcohol abuse and/or suicide.
Among adolescents, one in eight may suffer from depression. Early detection and aggressive treatment are the difference between a normal, full, productive life and no life at all.