This week we are featuring Depression.
Depression is a mental health disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Depression affects how you feel, think, and behave and can lead to multiple emotional and physical problems.
Symptoms of depression may include feelings of sadness, hopelessness, angry outbursts, irritability, loss of interest in hobbies and normal activities, insomnia or sleeping too much, lack of energy, reduced appetite and weight loss, anxiety, trouble concentrating, and suicidal thoughts.
Facts and Statistics of Depression:
– Depression affects over 18 million adults every year
– Women are 70% more likely to experience depression than men
– Family history and genes play a role in depressive disorder
– Depression can increase the risk of developing other health issues
Depression can be caused by multiple different things, such as brain chemistry, genetics, physical health problems, stress or negative life events, and medication side effects.
There are many triggers for depression, however, the triggers in the picture are the most common reasons why someone’s depression might come to the surface.
You can’t avoid every trigger, but you can learn to cope or deal with your depression.
It is important to identify your triggers to better understand your mental illness.
Recovering from depression is not easy but it is possible. Often the things that help the most when coping with depression, are the things that are the most difficult to do.
Taking the first step is always the hardest but doing little things like exercising, getting a good night’s sleep, and talking to your friends and family is a good start.
Support plays a big role when coping with depression. Developing a strong support network is key in your recovery because it is difficult to handle everything on your own. If you do not have friends and family to support you, try finding support groups in your community or online.
Improving your sleep, nutrition, and exercise is always good for you, but it is especially helpful when coping with depression. This will in turn reduce your stress levels because you are doing something that is good for your body.
Avoiding procrastination and keeping up with household chores will improve your mental health because the area around you will be inviting and positive. Keeping up with your to-do list will maintain a routine that reduces stress levels.
As always, therapy is recommended when someone is struggling with depression. It is so important to talk to a professional.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, please reach out to our agency and we will be happy to help you. You are not alone.
Agency phone number: 405-894-0320
National suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255