When the Nursing Schools blog informed me that the Explore What's Next Blog was on their top 100 list for blogs on depression, I was thrilled… And then I wanted to know what number? Yes, I am petty like that.

I don't know that it matters, the person who runs the site doesn't say. Are they rated or are the blogs listed randomly? EWN is number 76 which is wonderful! I mean, #76 in the world! Not bad! EWN is in good company, with the likes of Beyond Blue and the Happiness Project. I look forward to checking out many of EWN's fellow listees that I am not yet familiar with.

Nursingschools.net is a website that helps people interested in a nursing career to navigate all the possible career paths in nursing and how to get there. Their mission is to inform future nurses of many health related topics and they do it well. Here's what they say about depression:

"About 9.5% of Americans each year suffer from a mood disorder of some type, and 18.1% must face down some type of clinical anxiety. Depression in its myriad twisted forms is the leading cause of disability between the ages of 15 and 44, sometimes co-existing with bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, substance abuse, self-mutilation, suicidal thoughts or actions and many other serious conditions. Unfortunately, society's entirely unfair stigmatization of the mentally and emotionally unbalanced leads sufferers to feel even more isolated — even leading some to dangerously avoid seeking treatment altogether. However, more and more people are bravely emerging from the wrongfully-imposed shadows to open up to the world about the challenges they must conquer on a daily basis. Nobody suffers alone, no matter how marginalizing the general public forces upon them."

Click here for the entire list!