An estimated 16 million people in the US experience a Major Depressive Episode in a given year. That's about 7% of the population. That may seem like a small percentage, but if you think about it, that's about 1 in, like, every 14 people. How many people do you know? Family, friends, coworkers... Also, keep in mind that this is Major or severe depression we are talking about here. There are several different and some milder forms of depression that are not accounted for in this statistic. Women are 70% more likely to experience Depression within their lifetime than men...wow. Depression is also very common in college students, adolescents, and adults who are 65 years and older. The crazy thing is, it is estimated that only about 50% of Americans who are Clinically Depressed actually seek help. This could be related to the stigma in some cultures about seeking the assistance of a Mental Health counselor, lack of education, or even financial factors that limit access to professional help.
- A depressed mood during most of the day, particularly in the morning
- Fatigue or loss of energy almost every day
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt almost every day
- Impaired concentration, indecisiveness
- Insomnia (an inability to sleep) or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping) almost every day
- Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in almost all activities nearly every day
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide (not just fearing death)
- A sense of restlessness or being slowed down
- Significant weight loss or weight gain
There are many factors that can contribute to a person slipping into Depression. Some of these factors include unemployment and lack of financial stability, an abusive or controlling relationship, long-term isolation from friends and family, and stress at work. There are also genetic and personality components that play a role. Depression can exist comorbidly (at the same damn time) with other serious medical conditions like cancer, or AIDS. Also, substance and alcohol abuse can not only contribute to, but also result from a depressive episode.
You've been drinking and drinking,you're drinking for fun. And you drink for a reason.
- Exercise and eat healthy. Inactivity and poor eating can contribute to depression.
- Practice gratitude. Positive thinking can create new connections. Challenge how you think with logic.
- Get enough sleep. Lack of rest diminishes your resistance to physical and mental illness.
- Find purpose. Get involved in something other than your work and your children.
- Do something new. Take up a hobby or get involved in your community.
- Try to have some fun. Surround yourself with family, friends, and lots of laughs.