While every person with depression goes through it differently, there are a few universal truths that can lead to a better understanding of the disorder.
Below are a few things everyone, especially parents, should know about this mental health condition:
1. Depression could be genetic.
Emerging research is finding that depression may be biologically wired. A new study found certain locations in human DNA may be linked with the disorder.
2. It's a physical illness.
Depression has very real physical symptoms in addition to its emotional components. People with the mental health disorder often experience changes in appetite, headaches, and disrupted sleep.
3. Scientists are continually finding new, promising treatments.
Mental health care really does work. A recent study found that behavioral activation, a new method of talk therapy where patients learn new ways to cope with situations that trigger depression and how not to indulge them, could be an effective and inexpensive way to treat depression. Some research is even showing that talk therapy online can be useful in certain ways.
Additionally, medication can be added to therapy and may be helpful in managing a mental health disorder. Mental health professionals can help their patients figure out a treatment plan that is best for them. Click HERE for local mental health resources!
Depression, like any mental health condition, can affect anyone--it doesn't matter your age, your public status, or your ethnicity. Celebrities like Kerry Washington and Demi Lovato and sports figures like Brandon Marshall and Andre Agassi have all spoken out in the media about their experiences with mental health issues.