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!
4. Depression is common.
5. It can seriously affect a person's work.
One of the hallmark symptoms of depression is a lack of motivation, which can make a mark on a person's professional life. It's estimated that the mental health condition costs employers $44 billion dollars in lost productivity per year.
6. It doesn't discriminate.
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.
7. Depression is highly stigmatized.
Negative stereotypes surrounding mental health conditions are still very much a reality. Mental health terms are often used as insults or thrown around causally in conversation. Many people also wrongly associate mental illness with violence. All of these behaviors can lead to false perceptions about mental health conditions.
8. Many people don't speak up when they're going through it.
9. At its worst, it can lead to suicide.
Psychological disorders can be serious--that's why mental health care and compassionate attitudes are so important. Mental illness plays a role in approximately 90% of suicides.
10. Depression doesn't define a person.
Depression is not a deficiency or a personality flaw. Just like cancer or diabetes doesn't make up someone's identity, neither does mental illness.
Mental health conditions are manageable with the right treatment. It's possible to live a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life despite having depression.
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