CogniFit's Science blog: Coping With Depression

Coping With Depression

Depression affects over 18 million American adults which is approximately 9.5% of our total population. The really staggering number though is that some studies show that up to 80% of people suffering from depression don’t seek treatment.

This is a scary statistic considering the top reason for suicide is untreated depression.

There is also a huge population of our children being diagnosed with clinical depression including children as young as pre-school. Some studies claim as many as 1 million pre-schoolers in this county have been diagnosed as clinically depressed and are one of the biggest growing markets for anti depressants.

There are many types of depression. The most common include major depression, seasonal depression, postpartum depression, and bi-polar disorder. Some depression may be situational and caused by a specific event in that person’s life. Other depression may be chemical or neurological and a person may struggle with it during their whole life time.

No matter which types of depression you are dealing with if you are starting to feel the symptoms of depression you must seek help. Some of the symptoms of depression may include difficulty concentrating, constant fatigue, irritability, unhealthy food habits, sad or empty feelings and thoughts of suicide.

Depression is treatable. The kind of depression you have and how severe it is will determine what treatment you are given. Doctors may prescribe medications, set you up to see a specialist of some kind of send you for therapy sessions. Getting a healthy mind is very important and if you seek and take the help available life can get better. If you let your depression continue untreated most of the options are bleak.

Teenagers are a group that is very susceptible to depression and if you notice a change in your teenager’s behavior along with some of the symptoms seek help for them right away. Your doctor will first run tests to be sure there is no physical reason for your teenagers depression and then go from there with diagnosis and treatment options.

If you are able to get treatment and it is successful you will probably still have to work to keep your brain health sharp and not falling back into old patters that may bring on the depression again. You should focus on positive things that help you keep your mind clear of the dark thoughts that bring on depression.

There are so many resources and so much help available to people who are suffering from depression but you must seek it out. If you think a friend or family member is suffering from depression you should urge them to seek help and see if you can identify resources to help them. Living with depression is a very lonely scary place and sometimes people need a little nudge to seek the help they need.