Depression is a common mental condition that affects as many as 300 million people around the globe at any given time. Despite its prevalence, there are a lot of misconceptions or myths regarding depression. We have compiled six of the most important facts anyone should know about depression, so check them out now!
1. There are many types of depression. Major Depression, also known as Clinical Depression, is the most common type of depression. This condition is often characterized by a depressed mood, lack of interest in activities, and fatigue lasting longer than two weeks. When depression lasts longer, it is referred to as Persistent Depressive Disorder. Postpartum Depression is a type of depression that occurs for up to one year after giving birth. Other types of depression include Bipolar Disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and Psychotic Depression. Working with a doctor or therapist can help people identify what type of depression they have and the best course of action for treatment.
2. There are many different symptoms of depression. Sometimes it can be common for people to brush off symptoms of depression as “feeling down,” but depression is a real mental health concern and can cause many different symptoms, and symptoms can vary person to person. The most common symptoms for all forms of depression include persistent feelings or sadness or restlessness, fatigue, loss of interest in activities or hobbies, weight loss or weight gain, trouble sleeping, feelings of worthlessness, trouble concentrating, and thoughts of suicide. Other symptoms can include impulsive behavior, hallucinations, and substance use.
3. Depression can cause physical health problems. It is well documented that mental health challenges go hand-in-hand with physical health issues. It can lead to minor health issues like headaches, body pain or stomach pain, but can also lead to other chronic health issues like irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, heart disease and more. The best way to prevent physical health issues caused by depression is to seek treatment as soon as possible.
4. Depression is treatable. You don’t have to live with the debilitating symptoms of depression, help is available. Common treatment for depression can include therapy, prescription medication, or both, but your provider can help you choose what might work best. Other treatments that can help include lifestyle changes like getting plenty of physical exercise improving your diet and limiting substances like alcohol.
5. Depression and Anxiety often co-exist. Anxiety can occur as a result of depression. In fact, as many as 60% of people with depression also suffer from anxiety at any given time. The best way to get relief for both conditions is to seek treatment.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or other mental health concerns, including substance use disorder, Wayspring may be able to help. Use our 5-question member eligibility tool to find if you’re eligible to enroll in our no-cost services today!