What is depression?
Depression is a mental disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest in activities. It can also cause physical symptoms such as changes in appetite, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping. Depression can be caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors, and can negatively impact a person's ability to function in daily life. It is treatable with therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes.
Why do some people become depressed?
Depression can develop for a variety of reasons. Some possible causes include:
How common is depression?
Depression is a common mental disorder that affects a significant portion of the world's population. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression globally. In the United States, it is estimated that about 7.1% of adults (17 million people) have experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year. The prevalence of depression varies across different countries and populations, but it is a widespread issue that affects people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds.
How do you treat depression?
Depression is treatable, and several effective treatments are available. The most common treatments for depression include:
What non-medication treatments are helpful for depression?
While medication and psychotherapy are the most commonly recommended treatments for depression, some people may choose to use natural remedies as an additional or alternative treatment. However, it is important to note that natural remedies should not replace professional medical treatment, and it is always best to talk to a medical professional before starting any new treatment. Here are some natural remedies that may help with depression:
What if you have suicidal thoughts?
If you are feeling suicidal, it is important to reach out for help immediately. Here are some steps you can take:
How can you help a loved one who has depression?
If you have a loved one who is experiencing depression, there are several ways you can support them and help them through this difficult time:
Providers for Healthy Living offers medication management and therapy options for patients dealing with depression. If you or a loved one are struggling with any of these symptoms, contact us today. We are here to help!
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