Depression can take many different forms
Many people experience low moods for short periods of time, but when this becomes a debilitating factor on a regular basis it may be an indicator of something far more serious.
Depression is a common mental disorder that can affect people of all ages. Symptoms take many different forms and can include anxiety, lack of energy, poor concentration, unexplained aches and pains, loss of sex drive, weight gain (or loss), insomnia, bipolar disorder and a general feeling that life no longer seems worth living.
Many people with depression find their moods are particularly low in the mornings. These feelings of dread, sadness or worthlessness can be very debilitating and can severely limit an individual’s ability to function normally at home or work.
The hidden scale of depression
Individuals who suffer from depression can experience feelings of hopelessness or guilt and they may blame themselves for their predicament. In reality, depression is a treatable illness that approximately one in five of us will experience at some point in our lives. Symptoms may persist for many months or even years, and depression can affect the way a person thinks, and behaves.
A study by the World Health Organization estimated that over 320 million people are living with depression. The condition is cited as a major contributor to the overall global burden caused by disease. According to the “Anxiety and Depression Association of America”, at any given moment, between 3% and 5% of the population are suffering from major depression.
The causes and toll of depression
A person who experiences a mild episode of depression may have difficulty continuing with ordinary work or social activities. Those who suffer from major depression are unlikely to be able to live as a normal human being. According to the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”, depression is associated with increased risk of mortality from suicide, heart disease and other causes.
Depression can develop from a combination of factors that are physical, psychological, biochemical or genetic. It can also be triggered by social factors and adverse life events such as bereavement, sexual or physical abuse, and severe stress. However, depression can also develop and persist for long periods of time even when no apparent trigger is immediately obvious. It is therefore vital to seek professional help so please contact us.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
World Health Organization