Life, money, love, pain, the pursuit of the highs our society parades – it’s like a collar that gets slipped around our necks with our acceptance in striving for contentment. A collar with the world at the end of the leash attached to it – yanking, pulling, guiding. Sometimes it’s all right; many times it’s unbearable.
~Excerpt from INDUCED AMNESIA
We all have visions of the person we really want to be – that strong, happy, successful, beautiful version of who we know we were really meant to be. And that person is there. We all do know it – somewhere very deep inside – they’re there. But this world, our societies, can be overwhelming, noisy, confusing and at times, down right toxic. I think Chloe’s take on it (above) describes it perfectly. Being human, having a consciousness, may be extraordinary, sacred and empowering, but at times, for some people, it can be ruinous and demonic. It’s a power deep inside us that paradoxically can heal and destroy.
Depression should not be something we avoid in conversation. It should not be taboo. And it should not take a life. There are ways to cope, deal, heal and overcome depression – even clinical depression. But unfortunately today it’s becoming all too prevalent – it’s a war we need to start addressing and fighting, with weapons that need to be shared. It’s a cause that should bind our spirits because I do believe it’s a strong by-product of the separation that’s growing as humans, as a world that is very much linked and connected to one another on a strong physics level, whether we want to acknowledge it or not. If it’s not a battle you’ve had, it is for someone you know, whether you know it or not.
And so the premise for INDUCED AMNESIA began to be born. I wanted Chloe Gunn to be any girl, and every girl. I wanted this novel to resound with people just like you. I wanted to connect with people, and share information and power, that I know now, works. I want us all to win. And for these reasons, I want this novel to find its way out there……I hope it helps someone, anyone…….even if it is just one.
Real stats by WHO….
- Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and established market economies worldwide.
- Major depressive disorder affects approximately 9.9 million American adults, or about 5.0 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.
- Nearly twice as many women (6.5 percent) as men (3.3 percent) suffer from major depressive disorder each year. These figures translate to 6.7 million women and 3.2 million men.
- While major depressive disorder can develop at any age, the average age at onset is the mid-20s.
- Clinical depression affects about 16% of the population on at least one occasion in their lives.
- It should be noted that these numbers are only for those who report or receive treatment for depression; men are less likely to report feeling depressed, and also less likely to seek treatment, possibly due to gender roles. Clinical depression is currently the leading cause of disability in North America as well as other countries, and is expected to become the second leading cause of disability worldwide (after heart disease) by the year 2020, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
In the United States, around 3.4% of people with major depression commit suicide, and up to 60% of people who commit suicide had depression or another mood disorder.
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