Outlook is your ability to stay "mentally fit." Your outlook has a far-reaching influence on everything, from your day-to-day life, selection of mate and friend, choice of career, and even your long-term success and happiness. Unfortunately, research shows that we Americans are as out of shape mentally as we are physically. Depression is a critical health care problem in our nation. Almost 20 million American adults in a given year have a depressive disorder, and as many as one in every eight Americans will experience an episode of depression requiring treatment in their lifetime. Prescription drug sales for anxiety and depression are at an all-time high. In fact, clinical depression is about 10 times as frequent now as it was 50 years ago, and depressive disorders may be appearing earlier in life in people born in recent decades compared to the past.
While the incidence of depression does cause concern, even greater numbers of people live just under the depression radar, chronically "stressed out." When you face significant life changes, a loss of loved one or an uncertain future, anxiety is expected. But much of the stress we experience is because what we plan to do exceed what we have the ability to do. In a 2003 Gallup poll, half of US adults polled stated that they lacked the time they needed to do the things they wanted. In addition, three-quarters of adult Americans said they were "sometimes" stressed in their daily lives, including one in three who experienced stress "frequently."
By Monica Reed, MD
Author of CREATION Health Breakthrough
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