Mental Health Matters-Depression Facts

Mental Health Matters-Depression Facts

Hannah Ossowski, reporter

Many of you may have heard someone say, what are you so down about?  It’s not that bad.  There is so much to be thankful for/happy about/ celebrate?  But when you are depressed, you can’t see that.  As the quote in the image says, “Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is,”  by Atticus the poet.

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders. Globally it is estimated that 5% of adults suffer from depression . Depression is a leading cause of disability world wide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. The percentage of adults who experienced any symptoms of depression was highest among those aged 18-29 (21%) followed by 45-64(18.4%), 65 and over (18.4%) lastly , by those aged 30-44(16.8%). Women were more likely than men to experience mild, moderate, or severe symptoms of depression.

Teen depression is more common than adult depression. About 20% of teens will experience depression before they reach adulthood. Ten to fifteen percent of teenagers have some symptoms of depression at any one time . Depression increases a teenager’s risk for attempting suicide by 12 times. Only about 30 percent of teens with depression are being treated for it.

To know what to look for, check out our article on signs and symptoms of depression by clicking here.  And as always if you  or someone you know if suffering from depression or struggling with anything, please reach out to a friend, trusted adult, Mrs. Frazer or Mrs. Ivy.  You can also contact the a national hotline number dedicated to helping those with mental illness or substance abuse problems at 1-800-662-HELP (4327).