Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year. And one in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression can strike at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to mid-20s. Women are more likely than men to experience depression. Some studies show that one-third of women will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime.
With the rise of mental health awareness, people are able to talk about it more openly and share their struggles and experiences. A part of me rejoices over this, but it also saddens me, because while I don’t want to take away from the pain of what you are experiencing, many others have used this as a trend. What this tells me is that people may not have enough or the right information on this topic.
Today, we use the word ‘depression’ as a slang or synonym for a state of being/feeling sad. Anyone feeling sad about a temporary situation says they are depressed. Do we truly understand what this means? Before we label ourselves or others, let’s look at some important symptoms of this condition. You could be helping someone.