Infographic: The Dark Cloud of Depression and Addiction

This infographic explores the link between depression and addiction by citing data from the CDC, the Medical University of South Carolina, and The first statistic that it relates is that people suffering from major depression are 4 times more likely to abuse alcohol and/or drugs. It further highlights specific groups who are more likely to experience depression, specifically: the poor, women, and individuals between 40-59 years of age. The infographic concludes with the frightening statistic that individuals with major depression are 20 times more likely to commit suicide, making the treatment of depression (and the often co-occurring substance abuse it makes more likely) a truly life-saving imperative.