What Is Depression?

February 19, 2021   •  Posted in: 

Depression is a common and serious illness that can affect the way you feel, you think, and how you act every single day. If you or a loved one are suffering from depression, you are not alone.  Over 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression each year.

But the good news is that depression can be treated with the right care.

What are some of the symptoms of depression?

If you are unsure if what you or a loved one are feeling is depression, it would be advised to seek help from your health professional. You may feel that even the simple tasks of getting out of bed, making food or getting to work may seem impossible. You may feel that getting help is too hard and it is easier to stay as you are.

The Center • A Place of HOPE is here to help and can help you to take steps towards wellness.

If you are unsure if you are suffering from depression, some of the symptoms of depression are:

  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Significant changes in appetite
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Inability to focus or concentrate
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Sadness
  • Loneliness
  • Loss of energy
  • Inability to relax
  • Feelings of despair

What are some of the symptoms of depression?

If you are unsure if what you or a loved one are feeling is depression, it would be advised to seek help from your health professional. You may feel that even the simple tasks of getting out of bed, making food or getting to work may seem impossible. You may feel that getting help is too hard and it is easier to stay as you are.

The Center • A Place of HOPE is here to help and can help you to take steps towards wellness.

If you are unsure if you are suffering from depression, some of the symptoms of depression are:

  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Significant changes in appetite
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Inability to focus or concentrate
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Sadness
  • Loneliness
  • Loss of energy
  • Inability to relax
  • Feelings of despair

What is depression? Is it a mental illness?

Depression is a common mental illness that negatively affects the way you feel, the way you think and how you act.

It often shows with symptoms such as low energy and mood; loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy; changes in sleeping patterns; feeling worthless and hopeless; and changes in appetite.

It is important to seek help if you feel you or a loved one are suffering from depression.

 

What causes depression?

Depression is a very complex disease, and the true cause of it is not yet fully known. Chemicals do play a part in depression, but it is much more complex than a simple chemical imbalance.

Depression is personal, and each individual may present in different ways with their depression. It is not a “one size fits all” treatment approach that is needed, but rather one that is tailored to each individual and where they are at.

There has been research showing a variety of reasons linked to its development in some people and why it doesn’t affect others. Depression often occurs due to multiple events, both recent and in the past, rather than being the cause of one event.

How to help someone with depression?

If you are worried about a friend or family member who you feel may be suffering from depression, you may be feeling anxious, overwhelmed and unsure of how to help. It is important that you encourage them to seek help if they haven’t already. You can learn as much as you can about depression, it’s symptoms and causes.

Your loved one needs support and understanding, as well as someone to encourage them and love them in this difficult time. It is important you look after your own emotional health as it isn’t always easy supporting someone with depression.

Again it is so important that your loved one is receiving treatment from a health professional as this will help them immensely on their journey with depression. Check our Depression Hotline page for information on what help is available.

How many people have depression?

As of 2017 300 million people around the world have depression, according to World Health Organization.

About 7.1% of adults in the US have experienced a major depressive episode in the last year.

It is estimated that 15% of the adult population will experience depression at some point in their lifetime.

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Pioneering Whole Person Care over thirty years ago, Dr. Gregory Jantz is an innovator in the treatment of mental health. He is a best-selling author of over 45 books, and a go-to media authority on behavioral health afflictions, appearing on CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, and CNN. Dr. Jantz leads a team of world-class, licensed, and...

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