According to Health Alliance Medical Plans, depression affects 1 in 10 people, or 18 million people, in the U.S.
For National Suicide Prevention Month, Health Alliance takes a closer look into preventing and treating depression in a posting on its website.
Over 41,000 people commit suicide each year, which is one every 13 minutes, the posting said.
According to Alliance Health, depression is in the same category as terminal cancer in terms of debilitation. Depression can be caused by a number of factors, including social, psychological and biological, in addition to physical.
For many individuals suffering with depression, medication is the only way they feel they can cope with the condition, as there tends to be a stigma surrounding individuals who struggle with depression.
However, there are other ways to address depression and its effects. These include staying away from stressful situations, alcohol and drugs – substances that can be easily abused – and staying active, maintaining a healthy sleep schedule or talking to a therapist.