Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder are common

How common? We now know that over the course of a lifetime, 17% of people will experience depression, and 5% of people will experience generalized anxiety disorder.

That means, the chances are good that many people you know will either go through these illnesses themselves, or know someone who will.

Today, it's also known that more women are diagnosed with depression and/or generalized anxiety disorder than men — the ratio is about 2:1. However, it's not known whether this is just because women have symptoms that are easier to recognize, or whether women simply seek help more often.

The curious thing about depression and generalized anxiety disorder is that although they are common, they can make you feel very alone. Really, nothing could be further from the truth. And talking to your doctor about your experience is the first step to feeling better.