Stand Up To Depression: Insights From Our Community


I was compensated by Med-IQ through a grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. and Lundbeck to write about depression awareness. As Always, all my opinions are my own. Thank You For Partnering With CityGirlGoneMom!

Last November, I partnered with Med-IQ – an accredited medical education company for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals – to help generate awareness around depression. Now more than ever, I stand behind this partnership. If you’re struggling with depression in Florida, take a look at to find local herbal remedies. I am proud to share insights from almost 4,000 survey responses submitted by friends, followers and fans of the blogging community who also hope to make a difference by providing insightful data from which we all can benefit. Here’s a snapshot of the results:

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The respondents:

  • 87% of respondents were between the ages of 25 and 45
  • 71% reported having a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Almost 67% completed the survey because they think they might have depression

The most common symptoms reported:

  • 81% reported loss of energy
  • 80% reported irritability
  • 74% reported difficulty thinking or making decisions
  • 73% reported feelings of hopelessness

Least common symptoms reported:

  • 24.6% reported suicidal thoughts
  • 42.3% reported physical aches and pains
  • 45.6% reported changes in appetite

In terms of understanding contributing factors for depression:

  • 98% agreed with the statement that depression is caused by a combination of factors including genetics and life circumstances
  • 74% agreed they are likely to have depression if at least one parent has been depressed

Most intriguing insight:
An insight that I found most intriguing is that almost 95% of respondents viewed exercise as treatment for depression and 87% viewed cognitive behavioral therapy as treatment. For more information on depression, check out my blog post titled “It’s Holiday Time, Is It Depression, or The Blues?

As a reminder:

  • Depression is common, you’re not alone. Depression affects about 1 in 15 adults each year, and 1 out of every 6 people experience depression at some point in their life. As many as 1 out of every 3 women experience depression in their lifetime.
  • Symptoms of depression can vary from feelings of sadness to difficulty sleeping to gastrointestinal problems to physical aches and pains (and these symptoms vary from person to person).
  • Being honest and open with your doctor about your symptoms and family history is critical in determining the best treatment plan for you. There are treatment options available – this is particularly relevant in the context of the overwhelming number of respondents picking exercise as treatment for depression. Medication in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most common approaches your physician may suggest.

Whether it’s you or someone around you, recognizing the symptoms of depression and taking it seriously by getting treatment from a licensed professional is important not only for the person suffering, but also for the important people surrounding them. If you feel that you or someone around you is suffering, DON’T BE AFRAID TO SEEK/SUGGEST HELP!

Anyone who knows me knows that my kids are my “why.” They’re the reason I wake up every day, the reason I work so hard, and the reason I am so passionate about making the world a better place for all kids, in this case by creating more awareness around illnesses like depression, so that those suffering will either recognize, or be recognized, and seek help.

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My partner Med-IQ is conducting another survey to do just that. I strongly encourage you to complete this survey, which will take less than 10 minutes, and upon completion, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 10 $100 VISA gift cards. If you’ve already submitted the first survey last fall, this one is slightly different, so I’d encourage you to participate again. Please note that no personal information will be kept, sold, or stored in the survey completion process.

*** Upon completion of the survey, email and indicate that you have taken the survey to be entered to win a VISA gift card. ***

I was compensated by Med-IQ through a grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. and Lundbeck to write about depression awareness. As Always, all my opinions are my own. Thank You For Partnering With CityGirlGoneMom!





  1. I am glad for companies that help with depression. I suffered with depression when I was younger and it was hard to find help

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      awe yes raising awareness is a MUST…. take the survey to be entered in giveaway

  2. I really enjoyed looking at all you pictures, the kiddos are so adorable!
    Depression effects so many people, it’s great that there is more awareness!

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      thanks you so so much xoxox

  3. Spreading awareness and simply talking about depression does so much to help reduce the stigma. I had PPD and PPA after the birth of both of my kids and was so lucky to have a solid support system.

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      awe thanks for your support and sharing this xoxoxo

  4. In India, depression is still considered to be a hush hush topic that people are hesitant to talk about. There has been a vast improvement but we have a long way to go.

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      this makes me so sad to hear…. thanks for sharing xo

  5. Yes depression awareness is so important. Many of us don’t recognize the symptoms,making it even harder-especually when it comes to loved ones.

    Interesting about exercise helping. I agree, that and changing the adding omega 3’s , vitamin D and other essential nutrients for mental health.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      awe thanks for your response much appreciated xoxo

  6. I suffer from “high functioning” depression and anxiety and it can be a daily internal battle that very few understand. This is such a great post!

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      Thank you so much for sharing and please take the survey xo

  7. It is so important to bring awareness to this issue. The more people who are aware, the more people who will understand.

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      thank you… I appreciate your support

  8. You’re a brave soul to stand up for awareness on this topic. So many people are dealing with depression.

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