As one of many who personally suffer with depression, this topic is extremely personal to me. Every day I live with the highs and lows that come from having depression. I know that left untreated it can and will affect both your personal and professional life, because I experience it first hand on a day to day basis.
Depression is a serious condition that affects approximately 9 million Americans and the numbers are rising. About one in four women and an estimated one in ten men suffer with depression. The estimation for men isn’t as accurate as that of women, since ladies are more likely to seek a professional’s help when trying to cope with depression than men are.
If you or someone you love suffers with depression there is no shame in getting treatment. Depression is a real and serious illness that effects millions everyday no matter their age, gender or race. You’re not alone, and there are many treatments and medications out there to help individuals cope with this illness.
There are many symptoms of depression, such as continual sadness, fatigue, feeling overwhelmed, hopelessness, and an injured self-esteem. If these symptoms last for long periods of time, it’s imperative that you seek professional help. When faced with depression that goes untreated, symptoms can worsen or lead to suicide.
There are many ways to help combat depression, such as seeking help from a psychiatrist who can prescribe medications to help alleviate symptoms, or talking to a therapist or counselor about what you are experiencing.
There are also life changes you can make to help cope with symptoms, such as getting organized and scheduled. Having a routine can help with symptoms of depression because being scheduled helps to alleviate further stress factors by making your day run more smoothly. Also, a healthy diet and exercise can combat depression by helping to produce good hormones that can make you feel good.
There is no replacement for excellent professional help however, so please if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of depression seek medical help. If you or someone you love is going through depression and is feeling suicidal please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for support.