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Depression Awareness - You’re Not Alone

  • Esmeralda Cordova

  

Depression affects more people around the world than people perhaps realize. The reason for this is that it can be difficult to figure out who is affected with depression. People who are depressed often give no indication that anything is wrong. On the outside, they are able to maintain their daily lives, and everything appears to be fine. But everything isn't fine. These people are pushing themselves to maintain an image of who they should be, while inside they are exhausted and drained (1).

Unfortunately, some stigma surrounding mental illness remains. If you are suffering from depression, you shouldn’t have to feel ashamed. Although people do not talk about depression enough, it is estimated that 16 million adults in the country have had at least one major depressive event in the past year (2).

A person with depression may present a number of symptoms, so it is important to know which ones to note. If you notice symptoms that last for two weeks or longer, it is time to talk with a mental health professional (1). Symptoms that are typically associated with depression are:

  • Sadness and hopelessness
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Loss of interest in activities you once found pleasurable
  • Change in appetite and/or weight loss or weight gain
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors

There are a variety of ways to treat depression. Some of the most common forms are medication, therapy with a mental health therapist, or lifestyle changes. These could be diet changes, therapy in a group setting or one-on-one, and anti-depressant pills (3). If you have an illness, sometimes it requires more effort than you can provide on your own.

It's important to understand your own depression and figure out ways to manage it. It is not weakness to seek help from other people. It is okay to look for help.

 

Sources

1. Drillinger, Meagan. "8 Things People with High-Functioning Depression Want You to Know". Healthline, 2018. Healthline Media.

2. National Institute of Mental Health. "Major Depression". National Institutes of Health. Retrieved from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/major-depression.shtml.

3. "National Depression Awareness Month". Adventist Healthcare & You, 2017.

 

 

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