Depression is a common mental disorder, affecting three to four percent of the United States population. However, while the disorder is common, it is very serious, often affecting normal daily life and major events.
Kids with depression often slip through the cracks. Parents have a hard time distinguishing symptoms of depression from normal ups and downs of the teen years. Kids, too, may feel overwhelmed at times and struggle to determine whether they may need to discuss their feelings with someone.
Bette Davis was famously quoted for saying old age isn’t for sissies, but experts say according to contrary belief, the elderly do not experience depression as often as younger people do. Many of us assume that with multiplying health issues and losing loved ones elderly people sometimes become depressed.
Depression is increasing in industrialized countries, and no one is sure why. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that one in 10 American adults is suffering from depression; in Great Britain, government estimates are as high as one in six. This is roughly triple the rates that occurred in 1992.
New research may offer some insight into how individuals deal with depression, especially when they are predisposed to the mental illness, according to a news article.
In a world where diseases and disorders are identified with greater precision and specialized pharmaceuticals are designed to treat illnesses with pinpoint efficacy, we tend to forget that medicine remains a “practice.” At least in the western world, we have begun to conclude that every condition has a diagnosis and every diagnosis has a successful…