You Are Not Alone If You Suffer From Depression

Depression is a common, yet severe, mental illness that can drastically affect a person’s mood and everyday life. Common symptoms of depression are: long term sadness, loneliness, loss of interest in everyday activities, anger, frustration, and loss of energy. In October 2012, the World Health Organization reported that more than 350 million people
Healthline reports 1 in 10 Americans have faced depression at some point in their lives. The occurrence of depression is higher in some states than in others. The states with the highest depression rates include: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, West Virginia, and Nevada. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population above the age of 18, in a single year.around the world struggle with depression. The rate of people developing depression is increasing by 20 percent per year, making depression the leading cause of disability worldwide.

More than 80 percent of people struggling with symptoms of depression are not receiving help or treatment, and that can lead to serious consequences. Depression can lead to long term emotional strain, medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease and even suicide. An estimated one million deaths per year are due to suicide. There are numerous, effective depression treatments and programs, yet fewer than half of those suffering from depression actually get the treatments they need. It is crucial for people facing depressive disorders to seek treatment in order to overcome this obstacle.

If you think you or a loved one might be struggling with depression, please fill out our survey. If you know you are depressed and wish to find treatment, please contact us today. At A Place of Hope for Depression, our approach is to treat depression by healing the mind, body, and spirit. We offer a variety of successful treatment programs to help you recover stability and joy in your life. We know and understand the hardships you are going through and we truly wish to help you. Depression is not an easy thing to deal with but you can overcome it by getting the help you need. Don’t feel alone because A Place of Hope for Depression is here for you.

Study Supports the Existence of Depression Gene

As reported by WebMD, a new study indicates that those with a depression gene may respond to stress different than those without the gene.

The meta study, which was published in the January 2011 issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, said that those with a short variation of the serotonin transporter gene, also known as 5-HTTLPR, are more likely to become depressed when faced with stress. These findings were the result of analyzing 54 depression studies published between 2000 and 2010 that involve more than 41,000 participants.

However, despite the finding, researchers do not recommend gene testing because the gene’s effect on depression risk is still unknown.

However, scientists are hopeful that this study will prompt more research into how depression affects the brain and, ultimately, more effective treatments for depression.

Clinical Depression on the Rise in Children and Teens

It’s fairly typical for children and teens to experience bouts of sadness and mood swings. However, clinical depression, a serious form of depression that affects most or all aspects of a sufferer’s life, is increasing among children and teens. It is believed that as many as five percent of people under the age of 18 suffer from clinical depression during their childhood or teen years, a significant increase from just 20 or 30 years ago.

Children and teens suffering from clinical depression, which can be caused by a chemical imbalance, a traumatic event or physical health issues, often exhibit several of the following symptoms:

  • Irritability or anger
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Incessant feelings of sadness, hopelessness
  • Increased anxiety, tension or panic
  • Pessimism
  • Vocal outbursts or crying
  • Social withdrawal
  • Loss of interest in activities at home or with friends, in school, extracurricular activities and in other hobbies or interests
  • Heightened sensitivity to rejection
  • Significant increases or decreases in appetite
  • Noticeable changes in sleep habits — insomnia or excessive sleep
  • Fatigue and sluggishness
  • Restlessness, agitation and increased fidgeting
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Self-harm such as cutting or taking excessive physical risks
  • Suicidal thoughts

If your child or teen is showing multiple symptoms of depression, we highly encourage you to seek help, as depression is easily treatable. At a Place of Hope, we offer whole-person treatment in depression, meaning we provide emotional, physical, spiritual and nutritional treatment for complete healing. To find out more about our childhood depression treatment program, please contact us today.