Blog post one thousand – a collection of links to information about depression. Research finds that there is a link between depression and child abuse.  I survived 18 years of terrible child abuse at the hands of my severely ill Borderline mother, and yet it wasn’t until I was 29 years old that I began to have any clue at all that what had happened to me was ABUSE.  I also didn’t know I was depressed as an adult, and I did not know that being a depressed mother of a newborn puts the baby at high risk for lifelong depression.

The interplay between trauma survivorship and depression is complex – but here are a few articles at the tip of the iceberg:

Prenatal depression effects on the fetus and the newborn

Brain-Imaging in Depressed Moms Shows Blunted Response to Crying Infant

EEG during different emotions in 10-month-old infants of depressed mothers

Brain development, infant communication, and empathy disorders: Intrinsic factors in child mental health


Study links persistent depression to childhood abuse By Kate Kelland | Reuters – Sun, Aug 14, 2011


CDC: Antidepressants most prescribed drugs in U.S. — July 09, 2007|By Elizabeth Cohen CNN

Doctors are now medicating unhappiness,” said Dr. Ronald Dworkin. “Too many people take drugs when they really need to be making changes in their lives.”  For Dworkin, the proof is in the statistics. According to a government study, antidepressants have become the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. They’re prescribed more than drugs to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, or headaches. CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen discusses the CDC study on antidepressants

More discussion HERE including presentation of depression symptoms


Depression and Abuse

Recession Linked To Increased Child Abuse

Genetics, abuse history and adult depression

Seeking chemical happiness: Why one in 10 of us reaches for the anti-depressants in middle age by Claire Bates – Last updated at 8:00 AM on 22nd June 2011

Why are antidepressants the most prescribed drug in the U.S.?  by Jane McGrath

Why Antidepressants Don’t Work for Treating Depression by Dr. Mark Hyman

Why Antidepressants Don’t Live Up to the Hype By John Cloud (TIME)

Safety of Antidepressants

Why do antidepressants stop working? By David Mrazek, M.D. May 6, 2011

Depression in babies and young infants  – by Beth McHugh

Suicide rates doubled for children of 5-14 years old over the past 20 years!   Research by James W. Prescott, Ph.D.


The following is from this website:  Depression Facts and Stats — By Bob Murray, PhD and Alicia Fortinberry, MS

Depression is one of the greatest problems and killers of our time. Here we list the latest depression statistics, reveal surprising facts about underlying depression causes, the failure of standard treatments, and what works for depression in the long-term.

Depression Statistics

  • Depressive disorders affect approximately 18.8 million American adults or about 9.5% of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. This includes major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, and bipolar disorder. [1]
  • Everyone, will at some time in their life be affected by depression — their own or someone else’s, according to Australian Government statistics. (Depression statistics in Australia are comparable to those of the US and UK.) [2]
  • Pre-schoolers are the fastest-growing market for antidepressants. At least four percent of preschoolers — over a million — are clinically depressed. [3][Pill-Popping Pre-Schoolers | Even Toddlers Get the Blues]
  • The rate of increase of depression among children is an astounding 23% p.a. [4]
  • 15% of the population of most developed countries suffers severe depression. [5]
  • 30% of women are depressed. Men’s figures were previously thought to be half that of women, but new estimates are higher. [6]
  • 54% of people believe depression is a personal weakness. [7]
  • 41% of depressed women are too embarrassed to seek help. [8]
  • 80% of depressed people are not currently having any treatment. [9]
  • 92% of depressed African-American males do not seek treatment. [10]
  • 15% of depressed people will commit suicide. [11]
  • Depression will be the second largest killer after heart disease by 2020 — and studies show depression is a contributory factor to fatal coronary disease. [12][Depression Link to Heart Disease | Hostility, Depression May Boost Heart Disease]
  • Depression results in more absenteeism than almost any other physical disorder and costs employers more than US$51 billion per year in absenteeism and lost productivity, not including high medical and pharmaceutical bills. [13]


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