Depression affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, in a given year. (Archives of General Psychiatry, 2005 Jun; 62(6): 617-27)
What causes depression?
Adversity in childhood, such as grief, neglect, mental abuse, and unequal parental treatment of siblings can contribute to depression in adulthood. Childhood physical or sexual abuse in particular significantly increases the likelihood of experiencing depression over the life course.
Life events and changes that may precipitate depressed mood include childbirth, menopause, financial difficulties, job problems, a medical diagnosis, bullying, loss of a loved one, natural disasters, social isolation, relationship troubles, jealousy, separation, and catastrophic injury. Adolescents may be especially prone to experiencing depressed mood following social rejection.
The UFC commentator, BJJ black belt, comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan gives some good advice about to overcome depression and hard times in life.
For Rogan, overcoming these hard moments is what builds your character:
”Every single person who has ever done anything worthwhile or exceptional or difficult or extraordinary, anyone whether its great artists or authors or mathematicians or whatever the f*ck it is. Everyone encounters difficulties, there is no easy road, it does not exist, it is impossible, everyone has issues.”