October is known at National Depression Screening Month, and one in ten Americans suffers from depression. One of the most common misconceptions about depression is that you can just “snap out” of it, which simply is not true. Depression can prove to be a daily struggle for these people, and can even result is suicide, so this should be taken seriously.
- Depression is more than a bad mood. When people are suffering from depression, they can look tired, irritable and sad. It is imperative for friends and family to understand that this is something that they sometimes cannot control, and they should not bring attention to their symptoms of depression, and this could send them into a deeper into their illness.
- Depressing affects younger people as well. According to the American Psychological Association, one in 33 children suffer from depression, as well as one in eight adolescents. The number of younger individuals in school on medications for depression has increased ten percent in ten years.
- Anger is often a sign of depression. Depression can often be a hard thing to deal with, and will result in frustration, which leads to anger. It is important for everyone to be allowed to expressed their feelings, but in a controlled manner that is not going to hurt others in the process. One must learn how to express their anger in a constructive manner, and seek help for this.
For more information, please visit: http://www.apa.org/topics/depress/index.aspx