In this article, we’re gonna be talking about depression and anxiety. before we get started please remember this is for informational purposes only and not intended to replace your own physicians advice, so first we want to state some facts first, Depression and anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults in the United States ages 18 and older, which happens to be 18.1 % of the populations every single year, also major depression is also one of the common mental illnesses affecting 16 million adults which is 6.7% of the population.
Depression vs Anxiety
Now we know we group these together anxiety depression can we talk a little bit about how do they relate to each other and just because you have one doesn’t mean you have the other. absolutely it does not mean that you might have both at the same time, although they commonly co-occur so they’re very different diagnoses, the symptoms are different for each of them, and then there’s some cross symptoms that might occur between anxiety and depression so for instance one of the things that doctors look at when we are interviewing someone is if they’re presenting with a lot of depressive symptoms but there’s a high degree of anxiety as well, trying to figure out which one was first, and which one caused the other.
Are You Really Depressed ?
Now many times we feel sad or down how do you know if you’re slipping through a depression versus just having a hard time dealing with things in your life, like change, like a divorce or anything like that, how do we know when you’re stepping over that line?
Well, all of us have episodes where we get sad you know we might miss someone a good friend that’s moving away we, might lose a loved one, we might not have done so well on a test. there’s a lot of things that could cause us to feel sad. but these are things that typically a little more temporary, they don’t last that long, and the big differentiation between sadness and depression would be the symptoms are not nearly as severe, they’re not as persistent and they don’t tend to interfere with our ability to function on a day to day basis. so it doesn’t cross cut our work, life, our home life, and our social life.
There’s what’s known as postpartum Depression, when you’ve had happy moment but then you go home you’re not sleeping, body changes, new moms can go through this for example. they need to know that there’s been a major change that has occurred, you have gone from carrying these very high levels of hormones for nine months, and then it goes to zero and all of a sudden so there’s going to be fluctuations.
A big departure from your typical behavior is it starting to really interfere, you might end up isolating yourself somewhat from the family, from the baby, and not connecting or sleeping at all, and so if those symptoms get to be a bit more severe and people are recognizing changes in your behaviors, and it goes beyond two weeks then you need to start thinking is this something a little more than just the blues.
Some warning signs of depression
there warning signs for depression that we should be and lookout for whether, it’s in myself or in a loved one, if you see a loved one or someone that you care about starting to withdraw, you know they’re isolating, maybe they’re not as talkative as they usually are, maybe they seem to be sad sometimes, they are having more difficulty with concentration, they may not be eating as much, so you might also notice that they’re losing weight, you might notice that they’re pretty tired, things that you might have asked your friend or your loved one you know honey, your favorite movie is coming ! and they just don’t care.. So those kinds of things are the kind of warning signs we need to be paying attention to about those we care about.
Dealing With Someone With Depression
lot of times if you have a spouse or a child or a friend that’s going through depression, and it’s a daily basis, How to deal deal to it ? how do you keep yourself emotionally healthy and strong for that person when you’re dealing with that negativity all the time ?
Well it can be a protracted situation depending on what it is that’s going on, but one of the things to do is that if your spouse or loved one for instance is not getting help then you should be seeking some assistance, you should be talking to someone about how do to manage living in this situation, to keep yourself okay now of course we’re hoping that your loved one is willing to go seek help themselves, and so there’s going to be a period of time where you’re going to need to be very patient and loving and kind.
People Who Never Experienced It, Don’t Get it
There are folks that have never experienced depression in their lives, families have never experienced depression, they don’t get it, they feel that it’s a weakness, and they will say the kinds of things that you’ve heard, they will say “pick yourself up by your bootstraps just get going” ” if you just come out of bed, if you just did this or that”…
Those kinds of things are to the person experiencing a true depression as “if I could, I would” So we should be More understanding and become a support system for those in needs and help them seeks medical advice, as i mentioned before having someone that you can talk to you to is really important.
Seeking help is a must in most cases, although people may not want to go talk to a psychiatrist, in the media they might be portrayed as scary or intimidating and hardly that, so Hopefully more people would be willing to go out and talk to someone.
Going to see a physician is a great first step, you can always call the family physician and let them know what you’re going through they may be able to Help or forward you to Someone else.