Depression is a mental illness that affects more than 16 million Americans every year, that’s more than 6% of the population. While depression often goes undiagnosed it is important to know the signs and symptoms. Depression can impact anyone of any race, gender or background and there are many reasons for depression. We’ll discuss some important facts about depression as well as the signs and symptoms.
- Women are 2x more likely to suffer from depression
Because of the changes women’s body go through during their lifetime, women are more likely to suffer from depression than men. Puberty, Pregnancy, Postpartum, and Menopause are all things that can trigger depression. The rapid change in hormones can make it hard for the brain to keep up, causing depressive episodes.
- Depression can have physical symptoms
While depression is a mental illness, it can have many physical manifestations. Feeling sleepy, or overly tired, having no appetite and losing weight, and loss of sex drive can all be physicals signs of depression.
- 1 in 10 adults are affected every year
Even children can suffer from depression. No person is above mental illness and it can strike at any time. The important thing to to know the signs so that you can seek treatment.
- Your genes may play a part
While not a determining factor, your DNA may be play a part in whether or not you suffer from depression. This does not mean that if your mother or brother has depression that you will, it just is more likely than if they did not have it. Research suggest that a larger influence on depression is environmental rather than genetic.
- There are many different types of depression
Postpartum depression, general depression, Bipolar depression are just a few types of depression that people may encounter. Knowing the different types of depression and their individual symptoms so you can get help if needed.
Depression can come in many forms and it only truly diagnosed by a physician. If you think you or someone you know may be suffering from depression it is important to get help. Medications and therapy can help, and may not be needed permanently. The only way to find out it to get home.
If you are interested in setting an appointment with PDCHC’s Behavioral Health Department please call 502-774-4401 Ext. 1224