When depression hits, everything, no matter how big or small, can seem hopeless. Depression can affect the physical, mental, and emotional state, as well as one's overall well-being. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, depression is one of the most prevalent forms of mental illness in the United States. It is also the leading risk or cause of suicide, making it crucial for early diagnosis and treatment.
The road through depression begins with an individual's acknowledgment of their symptoms. Once they acknowledge their symptoms and the fact something is askew, they'll be more prepared to reach out for help. Diagnosis and treatment will vary according to each unique case.
Reaching Out And Staying Connected
For those suffering from depression, one of the most natural reactions is to shy away from social interaction. We assume no one will understand, listen, or care. Depression is quite an isolating condition. However, affected individuals having an outlet to express themselves and their feelings may help them conceptualize the causes and maybe even come up with a potential solution for a bout of depression.
Reaching out and staying connected may require some planning. Everyone should have at least an idea or a list of individuals and resources they trust to use in times of need. They should make a conscious decision to reach out anytime they do not feel right and try talking through the icky feelings.