Anyone who has suffered from clinical depression (or their family members) can tell you that depression is not a figment of the imagination. During a bout of depression, everything slows down, or becomes depressed. Nothing seems interesting or enjoyable, and life can seem nearly impossible to face.
Do you think you or a loved one might be suffering from depression? The most common symptoms of depression include: anxiety, guilt, oversleeping or not sleeping enough, ongoing sadness, feelings of emptiness, giving up, poor memory or slow speech, low energy, appetite change, difficulty making decisions, and thoughts of death or suicide.
There is hope. Depression does not last forever. Depression treatment is now better than it has ever been. As a whole, society is much more understanding of this clinical illness than ever, and there are resources, treatments and therapies designed to bring depression to a quick halt.
Let’s take a look at some of the statistics and facts about depression:
- Depression affects between 18 and 19 million Americans each year. About half of those have major or clinical depression.
- Clinical depression is estimated to contribute to half of all suicides in the U.S.
- Depression affects everyone – all ages, races, income levels and religious and ethnic backgrounds.
- Only around one-third of people who suffer from depression seek treatment.
- As with most medical issues, females get treated for their depression about twice as often as males.
- Major clinical depression might have a genetic component – it appears to be almost three times more common in people who have close relatives with depression.
- Depression is common in people with other disorders. Take eating disorders for instance; about half of those treated for eating disorders also have severe depression. The two often go together because eating disorders are often accompanied by guilty feelings, low self-esteem and poor diets that can cause the body to slow down and feel sluggish.
- There are ways to treat depression by changing the diet. A diet high in vitamins and amino acids may help the brain develop more serotonin and ease depression symptoms.
- Alcohol and other drugs can make depression much worse. The problem is that depression often leads people to try alcohol and other drugs to feel better. The end effect is that the depression gets worse with these substances.
Depression Treatment Help
Depression itself is a huge incentive to want to get better. But the tricky thing is that depression often causes people to give up on getting better. If you are suffering from depression, it can be very difficult to remember happier times or to plan for happier times, but a better life can be a reality.
If you are a parent, here’s incentive to receive treatment for depression: studies show that children of depressed adults are three to six times more likely to be diagnosed with depression as children than children of non-depressed adults. Psychologists believe that this trend is not necessarily genetic or inherited and that it might be something the children are learning from their parents.
Over 80 percent of people suffering from severe depression significantly improve their lives with treatment. That’s why it is important to make sure you get the best treatment that is built around you and your personal life experiences.
If you are feeling suicidal, it is very important to get help right now. We offer a free 24-hour helpline to help you get the care and treatment you need. And consider this question: are you truly wanting to end your life or do you just want to stop feeling so unhappy? There is a big difference! It is time to feel better—call us today.
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