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W 4.1: What It's Like to Have Depression and Anxiety: An Analogy
Wednesday, November 03, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT
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Presenter, Caroline Jens

An estimated 26% of Americans ages 18 and older -- about 1 in 4 adults -- suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder. Depression, anxiety, and other brain disorders affect all of us in some way, either through personal experience or the experience of someone we know. Unfortunately, despite the prevalence of mental disorders in society, openly discussing mental health still hasn't been normalized. For those who have never experienced depression or anxiety as a mental disorder, and who do not have someone close to them with depression or anxiety, it can be hard to understand exactly what it is and how it manifests. Through the use of an analogy that most of us can (hopefully) relate to, this presentation will attempt to explain what it is like for those of us who suffer from depression and anxiety.