Depression Mental Health Awareness

So many people say they are depressed because they feel sad or low on energy for a brief period of time - a few hours, a day or maybe 2 days.

That's not depression!

The question, then, remains...

What is depression?

Depression revolves around many signs and symptoms that must be present most of the day, nearly every day for about 2 weeks. See, it's not just a few minutes, part of a day, a full day, it's prolonged!

How does being depressed feel or what does it look like?

Symptoms:

Irritability

Feeling hopeless or worthless

Sad or anxious mood

Fatigue

Limited interested in your normal hobbies

Appetite or weight changes

Suicidal thoughts or attempts

How serious is depression?

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (2016), there were approximately 15.7 million people over the age of 18 who suffered at least one major depressive episode in 2014. That's almost 7% of adults!!

How does one develop depression?

In order to understand depression, we have to understand "self". Depression is not something that comes about because one is weaker than another. It may come about through genetics, trauma experienced, life changes, stress, illness and even some medications. Depression is not something one easily removes themselves from or climbs out of in a short time. It may take medical or professional intervention.

Have you ever witnessed or been exposed to depression in some way?

Having witnessed this in several family members, it has presented itself in different ways depending on the person and the gender. The male I know was a roller coaster of emotion. Anger was a primary symptom while fatigue, self-loathing, worthlessness were also present - happiness was brief or rarely present. This is a person who is very smart, very capable and extremely talented on many fronts, yet, they felt insignificant or inferior to many. The female I know experienced many similarities, except the anger. For her, it was sadness or sense of worthlessness that was the primary symptom.

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Need Help?

If suicide is a real possibility, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

1-800-273-8255

If you or someone you know is suffering through depression, help is available! Click the link below to see some of these help options.

If these sources are not fitting your location, use the button below and search for the correct zip code.

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References:

LikeKristen. (2016). 10 symptoms of depression everyone should know. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lBTyKm_C08

N.A. (2016). Anxiety and depression association of America: Depression. Retrieved from https://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/depression

N.A. (2016). National Institute of Mental Health: Depression. Retrieved from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml#part_145398

N.A. (2016). National Institute of Mental Health: Major depression among adults. Retrieved from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/major-depression-among-adults.shtml

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