I recently read a blog on Word Press regarding depression. It was I believe speaking about relative information
in Ireland, if I am correct. It compelled me to write about the disease, which many people who have
fortunately never experienced this disease have no clue the challenges involved. This same people may be
quick to say “get over it” “move on”, etc. which just makes the individual frustrated and feel worse with an
already low self esteem, now feel even worse as they think they should be able to handle a situation, when
in reality they are not capable of handling sometimes the most simplest emotions. Depression is a disease.
Not some simple emotion to discard like a piece of paper crumpled up. I speak on this subject as a 30 yr.
veteran nurse, who was trained in this area, but also an individual that has experienced it myself in the
past, so I know first hand the challenges that you face. I am not writing this to tell you about a product
that might help, but to hopefully help people realize that this is a real disease. People that suffer with
depression have a loss of hope, low self esteem, incapable of properly evaluating a situation in many
instances. They may even have suicidal thoughts which should not be taken lightly. I have seen first
hand as a nurse the severity of pain that depression victims suffer. The anxiety, the stress, the inability
to deal, and in severe cases attempted suicide. So if you know someone or you have experienced any
symptoms of depression such as, loss of interest, appetite, inability to handle simple issues, low self
esteem, persistent anxiety, hopelessness, thoughts of suicide just to name a few please get help because
there is people who care. Do not pay attention to people who may make ignorant remarks about your
feeling certain ways about things, as these people have been fortunate to never experienced depression,
and do not even know that it is an actual disease. Below are some facts about depression and even these
are not an accurate up to date number, so people pay attention to your friends, family or other relationships.
20 million people in the United States
Per the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus.
A 2004 study showed that 8% of American adults (which was about 17.1 million at the time) had experienced at least one major depressive episode during the last year.
An estimated 10-15% of women experience postpartum depression after giving birth.
Depression is more common in those with a co-existing illness, such as diabetes, cancer or stroke. 40-65% of patients who have experienced a heart attack also develop depression.
The National Institutes of Health provides a long list of mental health statistics for Americans, some of which are eye-popping. “An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.”
|Sources: MedlinePlus, I’m a medical librarian|