What is Depression?
Low mood or overwhelming sadness or a loss of interest in daily activities. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2016 approximately 16 million US adults experienced one major depression episode, which represents 6.7% of US adult population. Depression is considered one of the leading cause of disability. 350 million people worldwide are impacted by depression. If you are feeling depressed, don’t wait, seek help immediately.
What are the symptoms of depression?
Here are some common symptoms. However, each individual is different so the symptoms may vary.
- Feeling empty
- Life is an effort
- Sleep too little or too much
- Increased or decreased appetite
- Weight gain or loss
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Sensitivity to pain
- Social withdrawal or isolation
- Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of death
- Lack of interest in daily activities like work, school, or self-care such as getting up, showering, grooming etc.
What are the reasons for depression?
The reason(s) for depression vastly varies from individual to individual. The reason(s) might be unprocessed grief, childhood trauma, physical or sexual abuse, adjustment to new life circumstances, drug and alcohol use, lifestyle, genetics, and other individual factors.
Strategies to beat depression:
- Change difficult circumstances
- Light therapy via light box 10,000 lux
- Supplementing with vitamin D and fish oil
- Regular exercise
- Increased time outdoors
- Quit drugs and alcohol
- Connect socially
- Eat clean
- Seek professional help via psychotherapy
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Crisis Connection: 612-379-6363
- Crisis Text Line: Text MN to 741741
- Call 911 or go to the closest emergency room