Depression may be caused by one or more contributing factors. These factors may be caused by conditions or events in our lives, and sometimes they’re caused by reasons we don’t understand. Feelings of sadness and despair can affect anyone at any point in their life. The effects of depression can be exhausting and overwhelming, but you’re not alone, and it doesn’t have to stay like this forever.
Depression and depressive symptoms are common across the globe and affect more than 300 million people worldwide (see World Health Organization, 2018). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 16.2 million adults in the United States suffered from at least one depressive episode (in the year 2016). According to the CDC, during the period between 2009 and 2012, 7.6% of Americans suffered from severe depression symptoms.
Although depression affects both men and women, about twice as many women are diagnosed with depression compared to men. Women are also more likely to experience co-occurring anxiety with depression while men are more likely to experience co-occurring alcohol abuse.
Children and adolescents can also suffer from depression. For girls, having a mother who has suffered from depression increases her risk of developing depression in adolescence and young adulthood. Among children and adolescents, girls are more likely than boys to report depression symptoms. However, young boys who experience increased levels of sadness and nervousness are at a greater risk to develop depression when they get older.
Treatment for Depression
The good news is, depression is among the most treatable disorders. Counseling for depression can help you not only feel better about yourself and your life, though that’s important; it can also help you become motivated again and reconnect with others.
You might have depression if you:
Are constantly fatigued
Feel hopeless about your life
Have difficulty making decisions
Think that your innate value is worthless
Lack enthusiasm for the things that once brought you joy
Feel like you don’t have the energy to take care of yourself
Feel like you don’t want to live anymore
If you are struggling with depression it is important to understand help is available. Don’t go another day in the dark. Contact Well Life today and start experiencing relief.
What to Expect in Therapy
Well Life Counseling understands that depression can hurt and feel unbearable. Therapy can help you get out of that dark place and learn to control it. We can give you the support and understanding you need to help you regain control of your life. We use an integrated approach, specialized to your strengths, to help you set goals and create a plan for success.
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