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Depression and anxiety are the most common mental illnesses in the United States. Each year, 40 million adults in America are affected by anxiety disorders and more than 16 million adults are affected by depression.

Anxiety can interfere with daily activities by producing feelings of nervousness, panic, increased heart rate and fatigue.

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest affecting one's mental and physical well-being. Symptoms may include overwhelming feelings of sadness and worthlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and headaches. Despite its treatability, millions of Americans with anxiety and depression go untreated each year

On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, the University of Maryland Medical System held its semi-annual Mental Health Community Conversation, "Not All Wounds Are Visible." The theme, "Let's Talk About Depression and Anxiety," will be presented in two parts, this being the first. The conversation will focus on the impact of depression and anxiety on women and children; and the conversation in November will focus on the impact of depression and anxiety on men and seniors.

Topics discussed during this session included: Depression and Anxiety…A Socio-Cultural Perspective; Childbirth, Parenting and Depression; Growing Up in Fear: The Impact of Community Violence and Police Interaction; One Woman's Story and Resilience and Recovery. This honest and insightful community conversation provided an opportunity to hear from and talk to health care professionals about depression and anxiety and the road to recovery.