More than 19 million Americans suffer from depression. It can happen to anyone of any age, race or ethnic group; however, women are nearly twice as likely to experience depression as men. Although it is one of the most frequently seen mood disorders in the primary care setting, depression often goes undiagnosed or is under-treated.
No one chooses to be depressed. It is a medical illness with real causes, like diabetes and heart disease. While many people may be familiar with the emotional signs of depression, such as feeling sad or hopeless, it can have physical symptoms as well, like persistent backache or difficulty sleeping. The most important thing is to recognize the signs and to seek help from a healthcare professional. To learn more about the symptoms of depression or to take a free assessment test, click here.
The goal of treatment is to help people with depression feel more like themselves, so that they can continue to move forward with their lives. People with depression should not settle for feeling only slightly better; it’s important to continue to work with a physician until all depression symptoms have been addressed. With the right treatment and support, recovery is possible. To learn more about a treatment option, click here.
A note about suicidal thoughts— Feelings of hopelessness and despair can lead people with depression to think about taking their own lives. While not everyone with depression thinks about death or suicide, it’s important to take such thoughts seriously: call a doctor; go to the emergency room; call 911; or call the national hotline, (800) SUICIDE (800-784-2433).
Information provided from sources including the National Mental Health Association and www.depressionhurts.com.