Depression is common all over the world. Estimates reveal that approximately 1 in 6 U.S. adults will experience depression in their lifetime. This may feel like persistent sadness, decreased energy levels, a sense of hopelessness, and if left untreated even escalate to the point of suicidal thoughts.
What causes depression?
Various factors can cause depression:
•Brain chemistry: Abnormalities in brain chemical levels may lead to depression.
•Life events: Work-related stress, the death of a loved one, trauma, isolation and lack of support can contribute to depression.
•Medical conditions: Ongoing physical pain and illnesses can cause depression.
•Personality: People who are easily overwhelmed or have trouble coping may be prone to depression.
What are the symptoms of depression?
Depression can affect your emotions, mind and body. Depression symptoms include:
•Feeling very sad, hopeless or worried.
•Loss of pleasure
•Being easily irritated or frustrated.
•Eating too much or too little.
•Changes in how much you sleep.
•Having a difficult time concentrating or remembering things.
•Thinking about hurting or killing yourself.
If you or someone you know is looking to treat symptoms of depression, consider therapy as an option.