Depression is a Common and Serious Medical Issue
Depression is a prevalent and serious mental health condition that should be dealt with both on a societal level and on an individual level by those who experience it. If you have felt or currently feel as if there’s only darkness, know that there is always light and hope. Depression of any level is a treatable condition.
Depression Is a Common Mental Health Condition
Although depression often makes people feel as if they’re alone, everyone who’s depressed is actually part of an immense community. Depression is a widespread mental health condition that’s experienced by many people in America and throughout the world.
In the United States, depression is common among both youth and adults.
The American Academy of Family Physicians reports that 2 percent of prepubertal children experience depression, and that figure jumps to between 5 and 8 percent once children reach their adolescent years.
Among adults, 1 out of every 15 adults will be affected by depression in any given year. Over an entire lifetime, 1 out of every 6 adults will be depressed at some point in time. Women are more likely than men to become depressed as adults, but plenty of men still experience the condition.
Depression Causes Negative Emotions and Other Symptoms
Depression may manifest in a number of ways, with negative emotions being one of the most frequently cited symptoms. Depending on the type and severity of the condition, you may experience:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Empty, sad or anxious feelings
- Worthless, helpless or guilting feelings
- Loss of interest and energy
- Difficulty concentrating
- Changes in appetite or sleep
There are still more symptoms that depression may cause. The best way to determine whether the symptoms you’re experiencing are depression-related is to see a qualified mental health professional.
Depression Ranges From Mild to Major
As is true with many other mental health and medical conditions, the severity of depression can range from relatively mild to quite severe.
In mild cases of depression, sleep patterns may shift and appetites might change (increasing or decreasing). Some feelings of sadness or hopelessness will probably be present. People with this form of depression may turn to mood enhancers, such as alcohol, drugs or cigarettes.
Major depression is a state where dark moods are all-consuming and interest in activities disappears. People with major depression usually become apathetic even toward activities that they normally find quite enjoyable.
All Forms of Depression Are Treatable
If you’re suffering from depression, know that all types of depression are treatable. Through counseling, psychotherapy, medication, behavioral changes and other options, depression can be effectively treated by mental health professionals.
Exactly what treatment is best for a person’s specific depression depends on the type and severity of their condition. A mental health provider will know what treatment options are likely to be most effective.
Jonas Hill is Here for You
If you are currently experiencing depression that seems overwhelming, please reach out and connect with us – you are heard here. You don’t have to be alone even if it currently feels that way. Our team of qualified mental health providers is here to listen to you, and you will be heard. We’ve walked with many people through their dark episodes, and we’re available to help you too. Contact us today, and know that there is hope even when you can’t see it.
Jonas Hill Hospital & Clinic a division of Caldwell Memorial Hospital provides our community with safe, dignified and integrated care for patients experiencing an acute mental health need. We provide hope, treatment, and healing through a holistic program of evidence-based psychiatric treatment, team-based medical care, and education provided by engaging and dedicated professionals in a safe and healing environment. Contact Jonas Hill Hospital and Clinic today at (828) 394-6722 for more information.