Today, nearly 1 in 10 people in America experience some sort of depression, or a depression-related condition, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). This is a number that continues to rise, many times because people either do not know they actually have clinical depression, or because the stigma attached to “depression” is upsetting to them. Depression is not just a psychological problem though, and many times there are physical causes for it, too. For this reason, depression counselors strongly recommend that those experiencing sadness or depression for longer periods of time think about getting professionally diagnosed. With proper diagnosis, individuals can better understand their depression, how it happens and how it affects them, as well as become informed of the many different therapies available for the different types of depressive disorders.
What Is Depression?
When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness.
An Estimated 1 in 10 U.S. Adults Report Depression
Depression is a mental illness that can be costly and debilitating to sufferers. Depression can adversely affect the course and outcome of common chronic conditions, such as arthritis, asthma, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity.
10 Most Depressing States in the U.S.
On its own, where you live isn’t enough to make you depressed. Personal circumstances and genes also play an important role in mental health, so an area that feels like a downer to one person may be home sweet home to another.
Depression counselors want sufferers everywhere to know that they don’t have to feel badly all the time anymore. Depression is not a sign of weakness or attention seeking, but a very real illness that can be challenging to understand. With the right diagnosis and therapy, every person deserves to be able to feel the happiness in life once more. For more information about depression and professional diagnosis, please call our office anytime to schedule a meeting with one of our experienced, understanding counselors.