DEPRESSION 

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders that is also widespread in New York City. The prevalence of depression is higher in people of low socioeconomic statuses. Depression is also linked to chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.

 
 

More about Depression

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Symptoms of depression include sadness, tearfulness, emptiness, loss of enjoyment or interest in activities, irritability and frustration, lack of energy, and difficulty with sleeping, concentrating, and thinking.

Don’t be afraid to get help. People will support you.

Text “WELL” to 65173 or call 1-888-NYC-WELL or visit a free clinic.

 
 

Lower socioeconomic status, such as income relative to the federal poverty level and education, is related to higher risk for having depression.

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Depression is linked to a deficiency in one of the signaling molecules in the brain called serotonin.

 
 

Medications used to treat depression are called selective serotonin uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which enhance the effect of serotonin.

Underserved clinics are in great need of these medications to treat depressed patients who are un/underinsured in NYC.

Peter, Patricia, and Kasia Lipska. “The Rising Cost of Diabetes Care in the USA.”  The Lancet. Diabetes & Endocrinology , U.S. National Library of Medicine, June 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5380140/.

Peter, Patricia, and Kasia Lipska. “The Rising Cost of Diabetes Care in the USA.” The Lancet. Diabetes & Endocrinology, U.S. National Library of Medicine, June 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5380140/.