Facts About Depression
According to the World Health Organization, depression is the most common mental disorder. Globally, an estimated 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression, and it is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
Here in the U.S. the National Institute of Mental Health reports that in 2015, an estimated 16.1 million adults aged 18 or older had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. This number represented 6.7% of all U.S. adults.
The most common symptoms of depression include:
- Depressed mood
- Loss of interest and enjoyment
- Reduced energy
- Anxiety symptoms
- Disturbed sleep and appetite
- Feelings of guilt or low self-worth
- Poor concentration
- Medically unexplained symptoms
- Suicidal thoughts
Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived emotional responses to challenges in everyday life, in that it is long-lasting and with moderate or severe intensity, it can become a serious health condition.
Depression can cause the affected person to suffer greatly and function poorly at work, at school and in the family. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. Over 800 000 people die due to suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.
The good news is that depression can be treated. With proper assessment, trained clinicians and treatment plans, people can recover from depression. If you come to see me for depression symptoms, you and I will create an individualized treatment plan so you can recover from depression in the most effective and efficient ways possible.
If you have any questions about depression, for yourself or a loved one, please feel free to call me.