The Mind, Heart and Soul of Depression: Your Guided Journal for Emotional Healing and Getting to the Truth of the Matter

Published By:

Balboa Press

Date

2016

Excerpt:

Introduction

Do you suffer from depression? If so, reading and completing the written exercises in this journal can be a tool to help you expand your mind, heal your heart and reach into the depths of your soul.

The truth of the matter is that depression is a common but a serious illness that can become a chronic condition.

In fact, many Americans are living with major depression disorder. Nearly seven percent (16 million) of adults experience depression, according to a 2015 report from the National Alliance on Mental Health.

Women are almost seventy percent more likely than men to experience depression during their lifetime.

Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages fifteen through forty-four, according to a 2010 Center for Disease Control report.

Nineteen to twenty-four-year-olds report depressive symptoms more than other age groups.

So, what is depression? Severe depression can be characterized by intense and prolonged sadness; loss of pleasure and concentration; low energy; feelings of worthlessness; and eating and sleep disturbances. If depression worsens, suicidal thoughts, ideation or homicidal acts can occur.

The truth of the matter…