Depression

Becca Meusch

Definition


· A disorder that effects your mood and causes long-term feelings of sadness and loss of interest.

· If the depression is major is can affect how you feel, think and behave and can lead to emotional and physical problems.

· It can make you feel like life isn't worth living and cause thoughts of self-harm.

Statistics

· Depression affects 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, in a year.

· The median age depression occurs at is age 32.

· Women experience depression twice the rate as men do.

· One in 33 children experience depression.

· People with depression are four times as likely to experience a heart attack without a history of illness.

· 25% of cancer patients experience depression.

· 27% of individuals with substance abuse disorders (both alcohol and other substances) experience depression.

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Tips

· Build friendships and relationships that are supportive of you.

· Keep up with social activities even if you don’t want to.

· Join a support group.

· Think positive and avoid negative thoughts and don’t be so hard on yourself.

· Take care of yourself by getting enough sleep, sunlight, keeping stress out of your way, relaxing, getting regular exercise, and eating healthy and mood-boosting food.

· Caring for a pet can reduce depression.

· Know when to get additional help.

Resources

· If you or someone you know has thoughts of death or suicide, call toll-free (800) 273-TALK (800-273-8255) or 9-1-1 immediately.

· Local supports in Nebraska can be found in Omaha and Bellevue Nebraska. Contact info:

o Depression and Bipolar Supportive Alliance

Omaha New Hope
Contact 1: Information Line- Todd Banchor
Phone: (402) 502-4673 or (402) 492-1788
Email: newhope.dbsa@gmail.com
Website: http://www.omahanewhope.com