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Facts about depression

depressionEveryone has a bad day or a case of the blues once in a while, but when “the blues” result in experiencing little or no joy in your daily life, it may be an indication of something more serious. Chronic sadness or depression is something that lingers for quite some time and is difficult to shake off if untreated.

Here are some facts about depression that you may not know:

  • Depression affects more than 350 million people worldwide
  • Women suffer from depression twice as often as men
  • Many people suffer with depression but do not seek help
  • Depression is treatable

Depression is nothing to be ashamed of, nor is it a sign of weakness. Anyone can be affected by depression and its onset could be due to a variety of causes. Some examples include: hormonal changes, brain chemical imbalances, medications and life crisis situations.

So how do you know if what you or someone you know is experiencing much more than just a case of “the blues”? Take the short mood survey below. It may help you understand that feelings of sadness or isolation could be an indication of something more serious.

Test Your Mood survey:
http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/NEW

Taking care of our emotional well-being is something we can all do, but ignoring it can contribute to someone sliding into a serious mental health condition.

Depression is different for everyone, but it can be managed with the right help and support. Learning about the various types of depression including the associated symptoms and causes, can reduce the misconceptions, guilt and fear that are often associated with the condition. There are a number of different approaches and techniques that may treat and alleviate this type of illness.

Contact your health provider for more information on treatment options.

About Julia Salomón MS, RD, CD

Julia is the corporate dietitian at Affinity Health System and also a nutrition educator. She works at various sites throughout the organization working with Affinity’s employee wellness program. She earned her Master’s degree in nutrition science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996 and became a dietitian shortly thereafter. Julia has worked on several nutrition projects abroad as well as domestically. Before joining Affinity Health System in June of 2011, she worked as a college dietitian and later in the school nutrition field. She has earned certificates of training in adult and childhood weight management. Julia has a special interest in nutrition, public health and wellness.

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