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.