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While we say we believe mental illness is a problem in America, do we realize just how pervasive it is in our communities?

1 in 5 adults in America experiences a mental illness. And 14 million American adults live with major depression or nearly 5% of the U.S. adult population.

Depression is a common but serious illness of the brain. It is beyond the occasional “blues” feeling.

Depression is likely caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors.


Depression can come in many different shapes and sizes, and the symptoms can be mental and physical.

Many people never get help because they don’t know that their physical symptoms might be caused by depression. Depression can make you feel pain differently, and many doctors miss the signs too.

We’ve compiled a list of signs to look for to help identify depression and how to help.

  • Back pain
  • Change in appetite or weight
  • Chest pain
  • Digestive problems
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fatigue/exhaustion
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches and joint pain
  • Sleeping problems
  • Always thinking about what you need to do
  • Decreased self-care (bathing, grooming)
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Increase in use of alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, drugs
  • Irritability/can’t control anger
  • Loss of concentration
  • Withdrawal from friends/isolation


The PET scan imaging shows the differences in brain activity levels between a depressed brain (left) and a non-depressed brain (right).

This technology illustrates mood regulation areas, measuring vital functions such as blood blow, oxygen use, and blood sugar (glucose) metabolism.

PET Scan - Depressed and Non-Depressed Brain
If you or someone you know may be depressed, please take our free and confidential Depression Quiz.


Often times, depression and addiction go hand-in-hand.
depression and addiction
Depression can increase the risk of chronic illness, including the disease of substance abuse.

It is estimated that up to a third of clinically depressed people engage in drug or alcohol abuse. This addiction becomes a form of self-medication for easing the feelings of depression.


In severe cases, depression can lead to suicidal thinking.

In severe cases, depression can lead to suicidal thinking, especially if the depression goes untreated, and a course of therapy isn’t taken.

We’ve compiled a list of signs to look for to help identify suicidal thinking, and how to help.

  • Agitation, anxiety, or irritability
  • Change in appearance
  • Changes in mood
  • Feeling trapped
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Putting affairs in order
  • Quitting activities that were once enjoyed
  • Recent stressful event
  • Seeming preoccupied
  • Showing signs of sadness, disconnection, hopelessness, loneliness, or helplessness
  • Social withdrawal/feeling alienated
  • Taking time off work
  • Talking about suicide
  • Trouble sleeping
  • I just don’t fit in anywhere.
  • It’s my fault, I’m to blame.
  • No one can help me.
  • Nothing matters/It doesn’t matter.
  • They’d be better off without me.
  • What’s the point? Things will never get better.

If someone says:

  • “Are you thinking about suicide?
  • “You haven’t seemed like yourself; is everything all right?
  • “Can I contact someone to help?”
  • “I’m worried about you. Do you want to talk?”


  • “Come on, pull yourself together!”
  • “It’s not that bad!”
  • “Don’t be stupid; you can’t be depressed.”

If you feel it is urgent, don’t leave them alone.

suicidal thinking


If you or someone you know may be suicidal, please call 1 (800) 273-8255.

Free 24/7 Confidential Support


The working world needs to adopt a culture of caring.
There should be no shame or penalty for needing to get help during the “work” day.

 According to research, depression ranks among the top three workplace problems for employee assistance professionals. And it’s estimated that depression costs employers an average of $44 billion each year in lost productivity.

Through awareness and access to depression treatment options and providing support opportunities for people to seek help, organizations can help promote a happier, healthier, and more productive workforce.

are you depressed


Recognizing signs of mental health disorders can be very challenging.

This Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) is a diagnostic tool for mental health disorders used by healthcare professionals that is quick and easy for individuals to complete. The PHQ offers a simple scoring system to rate the degree of an individual’s possible depression.

New Way Now utilizes this proven PHQ as a self-administered assessment to help people struggling with depression identify their severity. Most importantly, immediately following the scoring result, we provide you with a listing and contact information of healthcare professionals in your community who can help you.

If you feel you are depressed, please take a few minutes to complete this 10-question assessment. Your answers and scoring result are confidential.


Founder of New Way Now, Schatzie Brunner navigated this high-powered, high-profile career all during some of the worst years of a debilitating depression that has claimed her life for decades.

Schatzie understands that it can seem less risky to hide depression than to talk about it or admit you have it, or even speak up and seek help.

If you or a loved one is questioning depression, please take a step in the right direction to regain a healthier life, and take our free Depression Quiz.