Millions of people throughout the world suffer from mental conditions like anxiety and depression. Surveys indicate that 1 in 5 Americans bear these health outcomes. Depression and anxiety can manifest in individuals who experience the loss of a loved one, financial distress, or natural disasters. Holidays can also draw out these mental conditions. A depressed person can experience feelings of sadness and anxiety for weeks; in some cases, years.
Signs of Depression
Here are some signs of depression:
- Decreased energy, fatigue
- Restlessness, irritability
- Feelings of helplessness, guilt, and/or worthlessness
- Feelings of pessimism and/or hopelessness
- Appetite loss or overeating
- Difficulty making decisions, concentrating, and remembering details
- Thoughts of suicide, or suicide attempts
- Persistent headaches, cramps, aches and pains
- Digestive problems that don’t get better after treatment
- Excessive sleeping or insomnia
Unfortunately, many people do not seek help when they experience extended bouts of depression or anxiety. People who are suffering from these conditions should look for help as soon as possible. Most adults with these symptoms will see an improvement if they are treated with psychotherapy, antidepressant drugs, or a combination of both. Recent research indicates that people who have less than a high school education and minorities are less likely to be diagnosed with depression.
- It’s important to take action!
- Try not to allow shame or hopelessness stop you, a member of your family, or a friend from getting medical support.
- If someone you care about or you are in a crisis, immediately seek help.
- Talk to a trained counselor by calling the 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
- Visit a nearby health care provider or emergency department.
- Call 911
More information is available for you to read pertaining to depression, anxiety, and other chronic conditions at the National Institutes for Health’s website. Click on the following link for more information: NIH Do you have any thoughts, advice, or suggestions? We want to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment below.