Thursday, February 25, 2021
ADVT 
Health & Fitness

The Truth About Depression

By Dr. Prakash Masand M.D., 24 Sep, 2018
  • The Truth About Depression

With October being National Depression Awareness Month, here are 10 things you may not know about depression, but knowing the facts is the first step to recovery.

 
 
 
 
 
We hear a lot about mental illness these days, but unfortunately, it’s not always good news. From celebrity suicides to substance abuse, quite often the underlying cause of these issues is depression. What’s worse is that major depression cases are on the rise according to a recent Blue Cross Blue Shield report. In fact, some people say depression is the silent killer, because on the surface it can be difficult to tell if someone is struggling with it, especially if they can fake it or cover it up well. 
 
The truth is, trying to hide it won’t make it go away; in fact, it will only make it worse. The only way to get better is to get help, whether that’s through psychotherapy, medication or a combination of both. How can you spot the signs of depression? What are the real facts about this psychiatric condition that affects children, adults and geriatrics alike? 
 
With October being National Depression Awareness Month, here are 10 things you may not know about depression, but knowing the facts is the first step to recovery. 
 

It’s more than just feeling sad

Many people think depression is just feeling sad. It’s much more involved than that. Other symptoms of depression include psychomotor activity changes, sleep disturbances, loss of interest in pleasurable activities, guilt and feelings of hopelessness, decreased energy, trouble concentrating, appetite changes and suicidal thoughts or attempts.  
 
Depression impacts more people than you think One out of six people will develop clinical depression in their lifetime. It affects 121 million people worldwide. One out of 10 mothers develop postpartum depression. Chances are you know someone with depression, even if you aren’t aware of it. 
 

Depression kills

About 35,000 people commit suicide each year due to their depression. Depressed individuals are five times more likely to commit suicide. The longer the depression goes without the right treatment, the more likely suicide becomes. 
 
 

It can take time to get the right treatment 

The initial antidepressant leads to remission in only one out of three patients with depression. When treating depression with antidepressants, a 10 – 12-week trial is necessary to achieve remission. The dose and the combination of medicine makes you better and should be continued for maintenance therapy for at least one year.
 

Cutting-edge new treatment

While there are many great options to treat depression like medication and therapy, some people don’t get better. For these hard-to-treat cases, IV Ketamine therapy is showing great promise, helping patients feel better within 24 hours of the initial treatment. Ketamine has been an anesthetic for many years and is now being used to help treat a number of psychiatric conditions. 
 

Depression is costly

On average, people who suffer depression can lose $10,400 per year by age 50. 
 
 

Depression affects children as well

The average age of onset of major depression is 32; however, one out of 10 adolescents will have a depressive disorder by the age of 18. Compared to adults, children with depression may be more likely to present it with temper tantrums, somatic complaints, social withdrawal or mood lability.
 

You can lead a very successful life despite depression

Some famous people who have had depression are Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt, Billy Joel, J.K. Rowling, Charles Darwin, Eric Clapton, Buzz Aldrin, Terry Bradshaw, and Calvin Coolidge.
 

There is high rate of substance abuse in depression

There is a high rate of comorbid substance abuse in major depression. Often it is necessary to treat the depression first even though ideally you would like the patient to stop abusing substances before treating depression. If the substance abuse is not treated, remission of depression is unlikely and recurrences of both more common.
 

There is no shame in having depression

Many people are afraid to seek treatment for fear of what others might think. Conditions of the brain are no different than conditions of the heart or any other organ in the body. There’s no need to suffer.  When it comes to depression or any type of mental illness, know the facts, learn the warning signs and symptoms, and remember how important it is to get the right help. You can go on to live a happy, fulfilling and successful life despite this condition. 
 
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
Dr. Prakash Masand M.D. is a psychiatrist and the founder of the Centers of Psychiatric Excellence. Find more information at www.copepsychiatry.com

MORE Health & Fitness ARTICLES

Look Your Absolute Best This Summer

Look Your Absolute Best This Summer
With summer around the corner, most people are eagerly looking forward to spending their days on the beach. Before enjoying your perfect summer activity, you must not forget to consider two factors that may act as eventual downers for your skin – UV rays and salt.

Look Your Absolute Best This Summer

Yoga and meditation continue to attract attention from B.C. workplaces and institutions

Yoga and meditation continue to attract attention from B.C. workplaces and institutions
Students of the Inner Engineering Completion Program – coming to Vancouver May 27 and 28 – attest to the practical effects the program teaches

Yoga and meditation continue to attract attention from B.C. workplaces and institutions

A Five Minute Blood Pressure Check Could Save Your Life

A Five Minute Blood Pressure Check Could Save Your Life

As part of World Hypertension Day on May 17, 2017, London Drugs is joining Hypertension Canada – Canada’s national non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and control of hypertension, and blood pressure monitoring BIOS Diagnostics to remind Canadians that a simple blood pressure check could be lifesaving.

A Five Minute Blood Pressure Check Could Save Your Life

Make the Smart Move to Start Moving

Make the Smart Move to Start Moving
Don’t be discouraged by being a beginner – everyone has to start somewhere and deciding you’re ready to start is worthy of praise on its own. With a few key tips to get you moving, you’ll be well on your healthier way.

Make the Smart Move to Start Moving

Understanding the ache in headaches

Understanding the ache in headaches

“Headache” is an interesting term because it can be both a condition or a symptom, meaning it can be primary or secondary in nature.

Understanding the ache in headaches

Study finds Vitamin D effective for reducing flu and colds

Study finds Vitamin D effective for reducing flu and colds

In Canada, 35% of people or approximately 12 million people have vitamin D levels below 50 nmol/L.

Study finds Vitamin D effective for reducing flu and colds