According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, depression is involved in more than two-thirds of the 30,000 suicides that occur in the United States every year. For every two homicides, there are three suicides. The CDC reports that an estimated 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. reports depression.
According to WebMD:
28.8% of Americans will suffer anxiety in their lifetime — the highest level in the world.
$42 billion is spent annually in the U.S. on anxiety disorders. Almost 1/3 of the country’s $148 billion mental health bill.
$22.8 billion of that goes to addressing anxiety symptoms that mimic physical illnesses.
12.7 million women suffer from phobias, the most common form of anxiety
Last year we were saddened and shocked to hear the news of Robin Williams an iconic comedic actor who suffered from depression and committed suicide.
Recently a Bollywood star, Deepika Padukone came out with her struggles with depression despite her dazzling smile that lights up the screen and her commitment to address the stigma around about mental health to affect policy change in India.
Populations in the US and India thrive off a celebrity culture; they are glorified as we aspire to be and live just like them. When they come out with their struggles with mental health, it somehow breaks the silence and gives us permission to address our own.
Let’s open up the conversation for a deeper exploration. Clinical depression aside, if one is suffering from that depressed, “can’t get out of bed in the morning” state, Sadhguru offers important insights and solutions: