Picture, out of nowhere, you start feeling faint, weak, and your heart is beating one thousand beats per minute. You feel trapped and you cannot get a full breath. Suddenly, you start developing chest pains and your thoughts are racing. Everything around you seems to be crashing down and you finally think to yourself…this is it. Then suddenly, it all disappears and everything returns back to normal again.
Depression has risen to epidemic proportions in this country. According to an article in USA Today, a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that the percentage of Americans being treated for depression more than doubled during the ten-year period between 1987 and 1997, with the number of individuals receiving treatment increasing to 6.3 million.