An estimated 121 million people around the world suffer from depression. One in ten Americans suffer from it. Over 80% of people that have symptoms of clinical depression are not receiving any specific treatment for their depression. The number of patients diagnosed with depression increases 20% each year. People with depression often suffer from obesity, heart disease, stroke, lack of education, and less access to Medical Insurance. Individuals who are recently divorced or unemployed are more likely to suffer depression. Depression is most prevalent in people aged 45 – 64. Women are more likely to have depression. And finally, 1 in 10 women are likely to suffer depression weeks after having a baby.
Boy oh boy, I feel depressed just reading those statistics. Fortunately, 60 -80 % of depressed patients can be effectively treated with brief, structured forms of psychotherapy and antidepressant medications. And because depression is now a global health issue, depression awareness, diagnosis, and treatment are matters of crucial significance in building a healthier, happier world.
Again, please if you are suffering from clinical depression, seek medical guidance. I am not a doctor and although my Life Warrior combat moves work for me, you may need further help. So please if that is you, get on the phone and call your doctor right now.
If you feel you are getting all you need from books and blogs like this; in other words if you have a mild form of depression and this is helping to alleviate it, then keep reading. Because I have noticed from friends and family members, that not all antidepressants are provided as a brief structured treatment. And psychotherapy does not seem to go hand in hand with medication. I have a family member who was prescribed strong antidepressants and was never asked any more questions after her initial visit. Her prescription kept getting refilled, and no psychotherapy or counseling occurred at all. I don’t think that’s so good. I went to a therapist after I got Bells Palsy, but I didn’t get any pills. I also struggled for years without getting medication, because my first experience with Valium was so bad. Friends and family tell me that the drugs they use today are much better. Although I have also been told that when a person comes off antidepressants, they must be very careful about how they come off them.
Sorry, I hope this is not getting you too depressed.
Today, is about you finding out about your depression. Do you need to get checked? Do you need support from the medical profession? How are you handling your depression? If you have any questions or concerns please get help. I have said this before and am repeating it because it is really important that you get the proper treatment. You can still read this blog even if you are on antidepressants and getting psychotherapy. The two are not mutually exclusive. So let’s see where you are and make sure you are getting the exact treatment you require. My friend this is a good thing. Many people suffer without needing to, and I don’t want you to be a statistic.