Friday, April 25, 2014

Depresssion : A weapon in our community

By : Denise Young. ED.S/ ST





Depression.... When you see that word what do you think of? For me I think about a lot of words and things and people. On the lower end of the scale, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reported in 2008 that 17 million American adults are diagnosed annually with depression. On the higher end, according to 2008 estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 21 million Americans are diagnosed with depression each year. These individuals have either been diagnosed with major depression or dysthymia, the former interfering with work and once-pleasant experiences, and the latter persisting for at least two years but with symptoms that are not as disabling as major depression.
Depression is something everyone experience at least once in a lifetime. Now the way your body handles it and your mind conceives it is different. My goal is to decrease negative thoughts and take back our mind, and body's and get healthy.



Some people gain weight when they're depressed. Others lose weight, to an unhealthy degree
Which comes first? And how can you untangle the link between depression and weight -- especially if depression has sapped you of your energy to make changes? Here's what experts say you need to know.


Which comes first? And how can you untangle the link between depression and weight -- especially if depression has sapped you of your energy to make changes? Here's what experts say you need to know.

Depression and Weight Gain

A March 2010 review of 15 studies, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, linked obesity to a greater risk of developing depression - and vice versa.
But do people gain weight because they are depressed? Or do they become depressed because of the excess pounds they are carrying? No one knows.

Risk Factors

  • According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression in any given year. The CDC also reports that adults in the 40- to 59-year-old range, African Americans, and economically disadvantaged individuals are more likely to be diagnosed with depression.

Severity

  • As the diagnoses of major depression and dysthymia indicate, there are various levels of depression. On an annual basis, 80 percent of those diagnosed have depression severe enough to interfere with the way they function at home or at work, while nearly 30 percent of those diagnosed have depression so severe that it warrants professional help. Less than half of those diagnosed with major depression actually seek help, according to the CDC.

Suicide

  • According to the Journal of Employee Assistance, 90 percent of those who are diagnosed with depression worldwide go on to try to commit or succeed in committing suicide. Depression is the number one contributor to suicide. Most of those who eventually commit suicide are men; men are only half as likely to seek treatment for the disease as are women.

In conclusion, trouble do not last forever, their are professionals in your city or town will help. Please get help today, you are not along. If you having any questions you can email me at deniseyounglifeskillscoach@gmail.com


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