Depression can be caused by a variety of factors, but one of its most common catalysts is stress. In recent years, the number of people experiencing anxiety or depression has increased. It’s easy to understand why when we consider the 24-hour news cycle reporting trauma and tragedies taking place around the world. Our electronic age also places higher demands on people to accomplish more in shorter periods of time.
The number of people suffering from depression worldwide is increasing. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 350 million people globally suffer from depression. That represents 5% of the total population of the world, and according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), as of 2012, almost 16 million of those people are in the United States — 6.9% of the country’s population.
According to the data from a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, it is evident that depression is a major concern among young adults as well. A survey conducted between 2008 to 2010 showed that more than 8% of young adults between the ages of 18 and 22 suffer from anxiety, isolation and depression. And when it comes to gender, the research indicated that women are more prone to be diagnosed with these issues.
The rising rates of depression have been worsening among younger adults in recent years. The rate of extreme depression among the younger generation was 5.9% in 2012, and it increased to 8.2% in 2015. Nearly 63% of youth also suffer from a lack of treatment.
Complications Due to Depression
When depression goes untreated, there can be serious consequences. Chronic depression leads to physical problems and other mental disorders. Here are a few problems that can be caused by chronic depression:
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Trouble in the workplace
- Headaches and other chronic aches and pains
- Social isolation
- Anxiety attacks, panic disorders and phobias
- Relationship problems
- Obesity or excessive weight because of eating disorders, increasing the risk of type-2 diabetes and cardiac issues
- Suicide attempts
Clinical depression is more than just a chronic bad mood, but if you or someone you love seems to be in a bad mood all the time, it is a good idea to get a professional diagnosis. Depression is a mental health condition that requires treatment.
Treatment for Depression
Most mental health issues can be treated or managed using common modalities. Depression is often treated through one or more of these methods:
- Counseling/Out-patient Therapy
- Group Therapy
- In-patient Depression Treatment
To learn more about treatment for depression, contact Brookhaven Retreat, a women-only mental health treatment facility in Tennessee.