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Friday, September 21, 2012

Are You Living With Depression? You Can Share Your Voice Via CNN iReports

September is winding down, but celebrations continue across the United States during this the 23rd Annual National Recovery Month. As their website says, it is a month to Join the Voices for Recovery - It's Worth It! Indeed, it is worth it! Recovery is worth it - recovery from addiction and all the co-occurring disorders that can and do accompany addiction. One co-occurring disorder is depression.

What is depression?

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine depression is defined as:
"Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. Clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for a longer period of time."
It is also important to understand that alcohol and drug abuse may play a role in depression and people who are depressed are more like to use alcohol or illegal substances.

World Mental Health Day is October 10, 2012

On October 10, 2012, World Mental Health Day will focus on depression. The World Health Organization estimates that 5% of the world's population suffers from depression. On March 12, 2012, the world's population exceeded 7 billion. If you do the math, then that means at any given time 350 million people are living with depression. People who suffer from depression, like many mental illnesses, often do not speak about it or seek treatment because they feel this diagnosis carries a stigma. Also, obtaining treatment can be limited by a person's resources regarding insurance, personal funds or even the scarcity of treatment availability in their local community. 

"Are you living with depression?"

This question: "Are you living with depression?" is being asked by CNN. Specifically, CNN iReport wants to hear from you if you are living with depression. Are you familiar with CNN iReport? If not, here is how CNN defines iReport:
iReport is an invitation for you to be a part of CNN's coverage of the stories you care about and an opportunity to be a part of a global community of men and women who are as passionate about the news as you are. At CNN we believe that looking at the news from different angles gives us a deeper understanding of what's going on. We also know that the world is an amazing place filled with interesting people doing fascinating things that don't always make the news.
That's why iReport is full of tools to help you tell your stories and discuss the issues that are important to you. Since everyone's interests are different, we've also built new tools to help you customize your iReport experience – if you're into politics, travel and sports, you'll see different stories than fans of tech, health and food stories. We've also created groups so you can hang out and even collaborate with iReporters with similar interests.
Everything you see on iReport starts with someone in the CNN audience. The stories here are not edited fact-checked or screened before they post. CNN's producers will check out some of the most compelling, important and urgent iReports and, once they're cleared for CNN, make them a part of CNN's news coverage. (Look for the red "CNN iReport" stamp to see which stories have been vetted for CNN.) More on how iReport works 

So on September 17, 2012, CNN iReport posted an assignment: "If you suffer from depression - or have suffered - we want to hear your story." CNN intends to use these iReports to create a series that profiles ordinary people living with depression. A series like this will help to provide a more complete picture of depression.

If you would like to join the voices of recovery and tell your personal story about depression you can visit 
CNN iReport to add your story and read stories posted by others.

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