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Depression Description

Posted by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 11:36 AM
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Major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. In 2012, an estimated 16 million U.S. adults had at least one major depressive episode, or bout of depressive symptoms, in the past year. 

But despite how common the illness is, many people do not understand exactly what it means to have depression, and often think of it as being the same as sadness. [5 Myths About Suicide, Debunked]

"Depression is one of the most tragically misunderstood words in the English language," writes Stephen Ilardi, an associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Kansas, in a blog post on the Psychology Today website. "When people refer to depression in everyday conversation, they usually have something far less serious in mind," than what the disorder actually entails. "In fact, the term typically serves as a synonym for mere sadness."

Here are some facts about depression:

  • Although major depression can strike people of any age, the median age at onset is 32.5, according to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
  • Depression is more common in women than in men, according to Washington University.
  • Men with depression are more likely than depressed women to abuse alcohol and other substances, according to Jill Goldstein, director of research at the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Depressed men may also try to mask their sadness by turning to other outlets, such as watching TV, playing sports and working excessively, or engaging in risky behaviors, Goldsetein told Live Science in an interview earlier this year.
  • Men's symptoms of depression may be harder for other people to recognize, and the illness is missed more frequently in men, Goldstein said.
  • Men with depression are more likely than women with the condition to commit suicide, Goldstein said. Men with depression may go longer without being diagnosed or treated, and so men may develop a more devastating mental health problem.
  • Symptoms of depression extend far beyond feeling sad, and may include: loss of interest and pleasure in normal activities, irritability, agitation or restlessness, lower sex drive, decreased concentration, insomnia or excessive sleeping and chronic fatigue and lethargy, according to Mayo Clinic.

The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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MissMackiesgg
by Bobbi Owner on Oct. 30, 2015 at 5:13 AM

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CSM81
by on Apr. 2, 2016 at 6:04 PM
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I didnt know the stats in men vs. Woman. Im bipolar so suffer from depression as part of my illness
MissMackiesgg
by Bobbi Owner on Apr. 2, 2016 at 8:39 PM

My son is also bipolar as is his gf.

Quoting CSM81: I didnt know the stats in men vs. Woman. Im bipolar so suffer from depression as part of my illness



CSM81
by on Apr. 2, 2016 at 10:36 PM
It is hard to deal w but w the right therapy and meds it is livable. Im always gtn mine adjusted and c my therapist once a month. How are they doing?

Quoting MissMackiesgg:

My son is also bipolar as is his gf.

Quoting CSM81: I didnt know the stats in men vs. Woman. Im bipolar so suffer from depression as part of my illness

MissMackiesgg
by Bobbi Owner on Apr. 3, 2016 at 10:42 AM

They both seem to be on a good cocktail right now. though my son is a little more likely to have problems with the anger problem yet.

Quoting CSM81: It is hard to deal w but w the right therapy and meds it is livable. Im always gtn mine adjusted and c my therapist once a month. How are they doing?
Quoting MissMackiesgg:

My son is also bipolar as is his gf.

Quoting CSM81: I didnt know the stats in men vs. Woman. Im bipolar so suffer from depression as part of my illness


CSM81
by on Apr. 3, 2016 at 3:40 PM
I jst got out of an anger mngt course i had to take, my bipolar has got me in alot of trouble thru the yrs and still learning how to manage ugg, always an ongoing thing, much like diabetes etc.

Quoting MissMackiesgg:

They both seem to be on a good cocktail right now. though my son is a little more likely to have problems with the anger problem yet.

Quoting CSM81: It is hard to deal w but w the right therapy and meds it is livable. Im always gtn mine adjusted and c my therapist once a month. How are they doing?

Quoting MissMackiesgg:

My son is also bipolar as is his gf.

Quoting CSM81: I didnt know the stats in men vs. Woman. Im bipolar so suffer from depression as part of my illness

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