Our HealthTap team was extremely saddened by the news of actor and comedian Robin Williams’ passing, and our thoughts are with his loved ones during this difficult time. News outlets have shared that Williams was battling depression, a factor that may have led to his death. Depression is a very serious disorder in the United States; according to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, it affects nearly 7% of Americans annually. We’ve put together a few facts about depression below. For more information, visit the Depression page on the HealthTap site.
“Includes being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal thoughts/plans require immediate help.” – Dr. Bob Stewart
“You can be depressed over something that is happening in your life and it will last for a day or a week.That is not clinical or major depression. Chronic depression or major depression last for more than 2 weeks and generally much longer than that with only brief periods of relief. That kind of depression needs professional treatment. See your MD, or a psychologist or psychiatrist.” – Dr. Kathryn Seifert