Major depression is an illness and not a weakness or failure. This video shows you how depression develops in the brain. I also talk about how long depression lasts. Depression is more than sadness or a temporary funk. Since it's beyond your control, you can't simply stop being depressed.
I discuss the kindling effect and how it can make your depression worse. I also discuss depression statistics in the United States.
According to the last statistics, recovery from depression typically begins within 3 months of onset for two in five individuals with major depression and within 1 year for four in five individuals.
40% of people start to recover within 3 months of the onset of symptoms.
80% within a year
The length of a depressive episode is in the range of 5–6 months, with approximately 20% of episodes becoming chronic (i.e., lasting beyond 2 years).
Estimates of recurrence range from ~ 50% within the first year to up to 85% during a lifetime.
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