Depression is a disease that affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that it impacts over 350 million people, making it the leading cause of disability around the globe. In 2008, 13% of adults in the United States received treatment for mental health problems. However, in the US, mental illness affects tens of millions of people. And overall, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, it is believed that only about half of those affected receive treatment.

The primary problem is the stigmas that are attached to mental illnesses. Most people see mental issues as "weakness," as something that people just need to "get over."

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Ultimately, such responses lead to a number of individuals who go without necessary treatment. This, in turn, has a significant impact on individuals' health and livelihood. It impacts friends and loved ones. It is an issue that we cannot ignore.

Overcoming ignorance is the first step. See the articles below for more information. And be sure to share the knowledge.

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Hat tip to Science Dump for prompting this article. 

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