Nearly half of all Americans who suffer from depression every year experience clinical depressive illnesses. Over 60% don’t seek medical treatment simply by under looking on the consequences associated with the condition. Majority of those who seek health assistance shows positive changes in their lives. The average expenses of treating depression related illnesses are estimated at $30.4 billion annually. This figure is expected to grow continuously every year. According to World Health Organization (WHO), depression will be the second killer disease worldwide in 2020. The WHO also indicates that depression disorder is the major cause of disability in the US for people aged 15 and 44.
Symptoms of Depression
- You find life meaningless and not worth living
- Lack of sleep or oversleeping
- Feeling of despair and helplessness
- Lack of concentration and finding previously easy tasks become difficult
- Inability to control the negative thoughts however hard you try
- Loss or increased appetite leading to weight loss* or gain
- You become more aggressive, short tempered and more irritable
- You take more alcohol than usual and indulge in risky behaviors
- Lack of energy and fatigue
- Aches and pains which cannot be explained
- Poor performance at work or school
- Fear or worry
Depression Symptoms in Children and Teens
It is normal for kids and teens to wear sad faces or become moody in cases where a toy is misplaced without a trace or a pet is lost. However if the sadness doesn’t fade for a couple of days, this could clearly tell that your kid is depressed. Sadness and gloominess are clear signs of depression in young ones and teens. You will easily notice that they enjoy spending too much time on their own either in their rooms or outside from other family members. Young kids lack energy and look worn out without energy to smile. Another great sign of loneliness is sudden loss of interests in their hobbies and sports. For school going kids, there is a drop in the overall performance and inability to concentrate in class. They are also likely to suffer frequent headaches and stomachaches. Their tutors can easily tell by asking simple quizzes and give instant feedback to their respective parents. Teens are at higher risk of depression due to hormonal changes at puberty. Loss or gain in weight in teenagers and kids can also signal depressive illness. Lack of sleep and restlessness in bed could as well indicate your young one is suffering from depression. Too much sleep and difficulty in waking up should get you concerned too.
Depression Symptoms in Older Adults
The most outstanding symptom of depression in older adults is the overall decrease* of their output at places of work. This results from their inability to concentrate and lack of energy for the job. Due to fatigue, tasks they previously performed at ease become difficult taking more time than usual. Older adults with depressive illness become restless and find it difficult to sleep or rest. In other cases they oversleep and find it difficult to report to work on time. A change in body weight can point out depression resulting from change in appetite. Depressed older adults find it better staying on their own and are easily irritated by others since they find them as a bother. Feelings of guilt, anxiety and panic attacks coupled with thoughts of suicide could mean you are depressed. However hard you try to control the negative thoughts, it becomes difficult and they soon creeps back in. Back pains, regular headaches and unfounded pains on your entire body could also indicate depression. Older adults who suffer depression may start taking more alcohol than usual and get involved in reckless behaviors. Others may inflict physical harm on their bodies.
Depression and Suicide
Yes. Majority of people who commit suicide suffer from depression combined with other mental disorders. If unattended, stresses of life coupled with depression can easily trigger the urge to take your life. A comprehensive treatment is therefore necessary for the depressed to avert the possibility of patients ending their lives. Patients who exhibit serious degrees of depression should be referred to psychologists for specialized treatment. Even though depression is very common in women, most suicide cases are reported in men. People with genetically predisposed depression may not show serious symptoms although they may end up committing suicide.
Depression is preventable if noted while emerging. If you notice the onset of a depressive illness, consider taking a psychiatric evaluation test and undergo a psychotherapy if need be. Creating an open social network with relatives, spouse or family friends can turn away depressive illnesses. Listening to what friends say about change in your character will help you recognize when depression wants to attack. If you are an addict of alcohol or drugs, you should seek immediate treatment. Always check on your stress levels by joining a self help group and ensure that you get the right amount of sleep. Exercising routinely will make your body tired and willing to rest. This will help you during relaxation. Being aware of the risks associated with depression is paramount to ensuring* that it does not catch up with you. Enjoy your life without any trace of depression. “There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” – Laurell K. Hamilton, Mistral’s Kiss