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Mental Health | All Minds Matter

Candace Aliké Smith

Like many ailments, depression is not specific to any given population or community. One’s socioeconomic bracket, gender, race or age won’t provide protection from the debilitating impact of depression and anxiety. However, what you eat, how much you move and the air quality around you may have more to do with your mood than you think.

According to Mental Health America:

  • Women experience depression at approximately twice the rate of men.
  • About one in every eight women can expect to develop clinical depression.
  • Depression occurs more frequently in women aged 25 to 44.
  • Depression in women is often misdiagnosed.
  • Less than half of women experiencing clinical depression will ever seek help.

Dr. Kelly Brogan, author of A Mind of Your Own: The Truth about Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives, writes that most mental illness symptoms are due to lifestyle choices and misdiagnosed…

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