An Everyday Battle-Depression 101

Depression, by definition, is “a brain disorder characterized by persistently depressedmood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life”. 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. That, my friends, is five percent of the world population. If this isn’t a problem, then I don’t exactly know what would be. Twenty-one million Americans or about 9.5% of the U.S. population eighteen years old or older are suffering from a mood disorder. Approximently, eleven in one hundred thousand people die yearly due to suicide. Depression is the number one leading cause of disability in ages fiften to fourty-four. One in five Americans are affected by a mental illness at some point in their lifetime. In fact, we lose as many people to suicide as we do to breast cancer, and we lose approximently 40,450 people to brest cancer per year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in people ages fifteen to fourty-four. Every 12.3 minutes a day there is one suicide committed in the United States. 22 veterns lose their life to suicide EVERY DAY. Not every month, or year, but every day 22 veterns kill themselves. The people who are out there defending our country, come back, and are not treated with the care that they need. They are kicked to the curb, and tossed away like yesterdays garbage.

These disorders also lead to more things. 3.1% of US population suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), 2.7% of the US population suffers from Panic Disorder (PD). 6.8% of the US population suffers from Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), 1.0% of the US population suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and 3.5% of the US population suffers from Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

One who does not suffer from depression would think that all it is is sadness and wanting to die. While these things are apart of it, it’s not the only thing. Depression is not wanting to get out of bed, but instead wanting to keep the blinds shut tight and stay under the blankets for the rest of the week. Depression is not wanting to look at your phone because you will see all of the things that people are doing. Depression is not wanting to get a shower because you just don’t have the energy. Depression is not wanting to go out and do stuff because you just can’t find it in you to get dressed.

Depression isn’t a joke folks. Suicide isn’t a joke. If you, or anyone you know, is suffering silently don’t hesitate to reach out to someone. I’m always down to talk. My email is karli.middleton64@gmail.com. Teen Talk is a program where you can call and text to just talk to someone. The number is 1-310-855-4673 or you can text Teen to 839863.

You are not alone. We’re here for you.

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