Let’s talk about the big D (minds out of the gutter folks). Not the one that’s discussed daily on social media. Not the one that has been the subject of recent Facebook challenges. The one that’s present in either our own lives or in the lives of those we love. The D we never discuss. DEPRESSION. It’s amazing how many of us are depressed, have been depressed, or will be depressed but yet know nothing about depression in and of itself. A familiar stranger one may say. I can list pages of facts about depression seeing as though she and I have coexisted before. However, I will just list some important ones (to me) in hopes of peaking your interest and helping you to start bigger discussions about who depression is to you.
First, here are some symptoms of depression:
- Trouble concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness
- Pessimism and hopelessness
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or sleeping too much
- Loss of interest in things once pleasurable, including sex
- Overeating, or appetite loss
- Aches, pains, headaches, or cramps that won’t go away
- Digestive problems that don’t get better, even with treatment
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
Sound familiar? Now, here are some facts about depression:
- Depressed people might not look depressed: Many of us have heard the term “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. Do not believe that a person is not in need of support because they don’t “look like it”. Depression has no particular face.
- People who are depressed are more prone to illnesses like colds than non-depressed people.
- In 2015, about 3 million teens ages 12 to 17 had at least one major depressive episode in the past year: Talk to your children.
- Depression is the leading cause of disability for ages 15-44.
- Depression causes 490 million disability days from work each year in the U.S.
- Depression can be as hard on your loved ones as it is on you.
Think about this…Talk about this