Depression can be a formidable foe on its own, but it can also be a component of other kinds of mental illness, said Barb Skaff, community support specialist for Alegent Creighton Health.
“A lot of times, depression goes along with anxiety,” she said. “Some of the people who suffer from schizophrenia also have episodes of depression.”
It is the “down” side of bipolar affective disorder, also called manic-depressive illness.
National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week, which ran from Saturday to today, seeks to raise awareness of anxiety disorders and depressive illness and encourage people suffering from them to seek help, according to Freedom From Fear, a nonprofit mental illness advocacy organization. The event falls during National Mental Illness Awareness Month.
About 25 percent of Americans – more than 60 million – are affected by mental illness every year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Read the full story.