From VOAnews.com: 'As Days Grow Shorter, Out of Darkness Groups Walk to Prevent Depression, Suicide'

09/25/2013

Steve Iselin served in the Navy for 20 years. He retired 13 years ago, and started looking for another job. That's also when he began feeling despair.

"I had a great sense of dread every day. Agony is another word that comes to mind," he said. "I didn't want to do anything that I would normally like to do. I had no interest in seeing other people. I actually got a job, but after one week I quit my job because I was telling myself I couldn't do it. I had no self-confidence. Anything I did was hard. Every decision I had to make was just impossible, including what would I wear that day or what would I eat for lunch."
 
Iselin was suffering from depression, which is very different from being sad or having a bad day.

"In the U.S., about 20 million people are diagnosed every year with clinical depression," said Bob Gebbia, who heads the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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