Depression

Truth be told that after everything that I have been through this year, it is no surprise that I have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety  at 18, but unlike  what some people believe, I will be off the Fluoxetine tablets in 6 months (Just after my 19th birthday).

Please don’t believe that just because I am 18 and on antidepressants that I will get “hooked” to the pills as some believe, I will get better and I will seek more help, but I am not the only person out there who is dealing with depression and it is a silent medical condition.

If you believe that you are indeed feeling low for long spells of time then take the Depression test to be sure that you need to see your GP. If you are feeling depressed then think about therapy first!

I have been on therapy for about 2 years and it does sometimes help, but with everything that I have been through this year, many say that it is a miracle that I am still standing, which it is, but I find an “anchor”, someone to keep me grounded and that is why I went to get help.

A patient must experience at least five of these symptoms for a two-week period, during which time these symptoms must represent a significant difference from earlier moods that the patient exhibited: (The Bold ones are what I had)

  • Depressed mood, nearly every day for most of the day
  • Marked diminished interest or pleasure in almost all activities
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain due to appetite changes
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Psychomotor agitation or psychomotor retardation, that is hyperactivity or lethargy
  • Fatigue and/or weakness
  • Feelings of worthlessness or invalidated guilt
  • Impaired ability to concentrate
  • Indecisiveness or inability to make a choice
  • Recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation
  • Self-imposed isolation
  • Hypochondriasis
  • Sadness, irritability, uncontrollable crying

There are three causes of depression:

  1. Biological (My Mother has depression and my granddad had it)
  2. Situational (traumatic life event such as a divorce, death of a loved one, sudden unemployment and ensuing financial problems)
  3. Depression co-morbid with diseases (Chronic illnesses such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease and moderate to severe diabetes can all instigate depression symptoms.)

Depression statistics extracted from general studies about who is most likely to experience depression look like this:

  • People who are between the ages of 45—65 suffer more often from depression.
  • Women report more incidences of depression than men.
  • Depression statistics cite Hispanics and blacks as experiencing more depression than whites.
  • Individuals without a high school diploma have a greater incidence of depression.
  • Individuals who are unemployed or cannot find work are more likely to suffer from depression.
  • A 2009 Gallup poll recently found that “the rate of depression is twice as high for Americans making less than $24,000 a year than it is for those who earn above $60,000”.
  • People residing in rural areas tend to be more depressed than those living in highly populated urban areas. Researchers suggest this is due to the fact that people living in rural places are in poorer health, have limited access to health care or do not readily seek professional treatment for physical or mental disorders like urban dwellers do.
  • The majority of depressed patients receiving treatment for depression report markedly improved lives through counseling and/or medication.
  • According to depression statistics, economic impact of depression is thought to be around $31 billion each year.
  • According to the Center for Disease Control, major depression is nearly 3 times more common among closely related members of a family than people who are not blood-related.

There are a number of treatments that one can take and just because you are depressed does not mean that you instantly have to go on to pills. You can take other routes and with this site, you will see what other possible treatments there are available to you. Through this site, I will tell you how I am dealing with my depression on a day to day basis.

But there is such a thing as childhood and adolescent depression. Don’t just think that your child is having a down day because it may be more.

I decided to go on to these pills because the therapy wasn’t helping, but it did in the beginning. Depression can come at any moment and it is not something that will go away if you ignore it.

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