Depression: Let’sTalk – World Health Day 2017
World Health Day is sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO). Each year, WHO chooses a health topic or condition they feel deserves worldwide attention. Then, they spend the weeks around World Health Day sending out news blasts, communicating with health-related organizations around the world, crafting social media posts and networking to spreading the world about that particular topic.
This year, the theme is Depression: Let’s Talk!
Yeah, we know – Happy World Health Day, right?
Depression might not be your favorite topic to think about, but look at these recent stats from WHO and you can see why it’s time we talk about it:
- More than 300 million people live with depression worldwide
- Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability around the world
- Fear of stigma is one of the leading reasons people with depression don’t seek the support they need to be well.
- Suicide, linked to depression, is the second-leading cause of death for young people (15- to 25-years of age)
WHO has released this great series of videos you can watch, highlighting what it’s like to live with depression, as well as the story of James Chau, who shares his story about living with depression, as well as his recovery.
Depression: Let’s Talk
So, let’s talk about depression. In the United States, roughly 6.7% of adults have had a bout of severe depression (lasting two-weeks or more) this year. That might seem like a small percentage, but that’s just this year. Over the course of a lifetime, experts estimate that as many as 25% of adults experience depression at some point.
That’s 1-in-4 people, which just goes to show that although you may feel alone – you are not alone when you feel depressed.
Talking about it, even something as simple as telling someone, “I’m feeling depressed,” or “I’m just not myself,” is the first step towards getting help.
Here’s the good news: 80% to 90% of those who seek help for their depression begin to feel better within a few weeks.
Sometimes, the symptoms of depression are so tricky, you don’t even realize you’re depressed for some time. Symptoms include things like:
- Lack of interest in daily activities
- Lack of appetite or overeating
- Fatigue or the feeling that you’re too tired to do anything
- No longer enjoying the people, activities, or hobbies you love most
- Insomnia (not being able to sleep)
- Anxiety or constant worry
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Persistent crying
- Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
If you or someone you know is experiencing the above symptoms, speak up. Talking about it is the first step to feeling better.
Give us a call here at the Family Wellness Center
Are you depressed? Do you live with someone who is experiencing depression? Please contact us online or give us a call and schedule a conversation. 360-260-2773. You deserve to talk about your feelings in a safe, compassionate and confidential environment.
There’s no better way we can think of to celebrate World Health Day than helping you or someone you love to get out of the hazy clouds of depression, and back to a life that is vibrant and meaningful.
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