New drugs on the way for fighting depression – Winston Salem Journal

The facts about depression can be depressing.

More than 17 million adults and 2 million teenagers in the United States battle depression each year, whether because of genetics, family history or chemical imbalances in the brain, according to studies.

Women and teenage girls are twice as likely to suffer from major depression than men. Major depression increases the risk of heart attacks and is a contributing factor in alcoholism, cancer, diabetes, drug abuse, stroke and suicide.

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