Comments for Dealing With Depression

September 8th, 2010

This is my very first post so I want to clear up some common misconceptions about depression.  There seems to be a stigma that still exists in society today when it comes to mental health issues.  This stigma keeps us from researching and learning.  Let’s talk about some statistics.

54% of people believe that depression is a personal weakness.  This could not be further from the truth.  One of the effects of depression is a feeling of low self-worth.

80% of people suffering from depression are not receiving treatment.  Depression is a disease that can be cured.  Can you imagine having a broken bone and not going to the doctor?  Or how about having a sore throat?  Many of us hurry up and reach for the cough drops.  Why is there not such a sense of urgency when it comes to mental health?  The psyche is a part of the body that needs to be taken care of as well.

15% of depressed individuals will attempt suicide.  This is a scary figure.  It is especially disturbing when there is cure for depression.

By 2020, depression will be the second largest killer next to heart disease.  Here we are searching for a cure to other diseases but not utilizing the treatments available for depression.

Depression is not something that should be ignored.