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Mental Health Concerns
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MIKE WALLACE
Mike Wallace, co-anchor of 60 Minutes, has
informed millions of people with his
documentaries. Over the course of his long career,
Wallace has experienced psychosomatic pain,
severe depression, and suicidal thoughts. Since
1993, the antidepressant Zoloft, combined with
therapy, has kept his depression under control.
Wallace appeared in the 1998 HBO documentary
Dead Blue: Surviving Depression and worked to
destigmatize the illness.
DEPRESSION
Depression is a broad category that can encompass feelings
of sadness, difficulties adjusting with a depressed mood and
a major depressive disorder (MDD). MDD affects millions of
Americans every year and is the leading cause of disability in
the U.S. for the ages of 15–44 (NIMH, 2006). The lifetime
prevalence of MDD is 6.2 percent. Unlike the normal
emotional experiences of sadness, loss or passing mood
states, MDD is persistent and can significantly interfere with
an individual’s thoughts, behavior, mood, activity and overall
health. MDD affects women twice as often as men for
reasons that are not fully understood. More than half of
individuals who experience a single episode of MDD will
continue to have episodes that occur as frequently as once
or even twice a year. Without treatment, the frequency of