One in five people will experience an episode of depression in their lifetime. Although depression is a common illness, it is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. Like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, depression is a serious, chronic condition that ranks among the leading causes of disability worldwide.
Depression does not discriminate. It affects men and women of all ages and cultural and economic backgrounds. Individuals with depression and the loved ones who support them have suffered without help or hope for too long.
Established in 2001, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center (UMDC) is the first of its kind devoted entirely to bringing depression into the mainstream of medical research, translational care, education, and public policy. The Center is at the forefront in changing the paradigm of how depression and bipolar illnesses are understood and treated.
The mission of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center is to detect depression and bipolar disorders earlier, treat more effectively, prevent recurrences and progression, counteract stigma, and improve public policy.
Depression’s stigma will be a vestige of the past; people will be empowered with knowledge; better detection, outcomes, and fewer recurrences will be a reality; and prevention will no longer be a dream.