Depression affects people from all walks of life, no matter what their background. Dealing with depression can adversely affect people of all ages as well.
Unfortunately, there’s still a stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and some people view disorders such as depression as a weakness. But, similar to the way anyone can develop certain physical health issues, mental health issues aren’t always preventable.
Understanding the latest depression statistics could increase awareness about mental health. Recognizing how widespread it is could also help reduce the stigma—which might encourage more people to seek treatment.
Major Depressive Episodes
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) defines a major depressive episode as at least two weeks of a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in almost all activities, as well as at least five other symptoms, such as:
1. Sleep issues on an almost daily basis (either difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much)
2. Changes in appetite and weight (change of more than 5 percent body weight in a month) or a
decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day
3. Decreased energy or fatigue almost every day
4. Difficulty concentrating, making decisions, and thinking clearly
5. Psychomotor agitation or retardation that is observable by others (slow physical movements or
unintentional or purposeless motions)
6. Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide a suicide attempt, or a specific plan for suicide
If you suspect someone you know has depression, address your concerns. The individual may be willing to seek treatment if you bring up the subject. And treatment could save someone’s life.
***info from: Very Well Mind – By Amy Morin, LCSW
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