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Depression is more common than many people think. In fact, it’s one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States, affecting about 6.7% of adults. That’s 16 million Americans: people who have to cope with the sometimes debilitating effects of the illness in their everyday lives. The problem is severe enough that the WHO (World Health Organization) has declared depression the top cause of disability worldwide. Estimates suggest that more than 4% of the world’s population as a whole are affected by depression. Like many mental illnesses, it’s common for depression to be taken less seriously as it should be—as if it isn’t an issue that greatly impacts everyday life for those who suffer from it. Here’s why it’s important that we start shifting these views in the United States and worldwide.
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A mental health treatment plan for depression typically involves cognitive behavioral therapy and some kind of antidepressant to regulate abnormal neurotransmitter levels in the brain. Even alcohol recovery programs or drug detox programs use antidepressants to help patients cope with anxiety, depression and cravings for drugs or alcohol. However, a new study from the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Mo. reports that laughing gas may provide relief from severe depression.
Tagged with: depression Teen Health
It is a bad combination; that is the message from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy as it issued a warning regarding depression in teens and marijuana use.
Teenagers who “self-medicate” their symptoms of depression run the risk of actually deteriorating the underlying mental health disorder. Several studies have been conducted that seem to indicate that there is a link between symptoms of depression in teens and marijuana use. One problem in getting depressed teenagers to see the link between marijuana use and symptoms of depression is that teenagers are likely to report that marijuana use “relieves” their depression or that it helps them cope.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 10 U.S. adults report depression on some level, some more severe than others. Anxiety is a very common mental condition that affects 40 million adults in the U.S. Of the people with depression, approximately 50 percent also deal with an anxiety disorder. With that being said, it’s important to know ways to cope with one or both of them.
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While the many benefits of physical activity have long been praised, studies are just beginning to show that exercise can have a positive effect on those who suffer from depression. One notable study was performed by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Those with depression aged 18-70 were put through various 12-week exercise regimens. Almost 30% of all participants experienced full remission, while another 20% reported a significant improvement.
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Depression and feeling blue are sometimes mistakenly used interchangeable. The truth is depression is much more serious than the occasional blue feeling. Feeling “blue” is very common. Everyone feels sad or down at some point and these feelings will typically pass within a few days. Depression, on the other hand is a serious mental health disorder; and approximately 17 million adults are diagnosed every year. When a person has major depressive disorder, they experience a severely depressed mood, which can persist two weeks or more. Their symptoms interfere with their daily functioning, and cause distress for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him or her.