Unemployed Young Adults Face Significantly Higher Risk for Depression
- Tuesday, 26 May 2015 10:00
Family Guidance Center
How and Why Unemployment and Depression Are Linked
For many, perhaps even most, 18-25 year olds life is full of fun and promise. But for some, these are years that can bring enormous challenges including trouble gaining steady employment and the darkness of depression. Investigation into national data on this population at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia found that lack of employment posed a triple risk for depression in young adults.
A Link is Not a Cause
Although the researchers found connection between being unemployed and being depressed, that is not the same thing as saying that one circumstance caused the other. Which came first – is it unemployment that triggers depression or does depression make it more difficult to become employed? All that researchers can say definitively is that there is a connection between the two for young people.
A Threefold Risk
The investigators used information collected in the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System – an assessment tool for identifying and quantifying behaviors which act as health risks. The study focused on collected data for 18-25 year olds specifically their work status and depression scores. They found that nearly a quarter of surveyed young people (23 percent) were unemployed and 12 percent were depressed. Therefore, the chances of depression appeared to be threefold greater when young people were without work.
Treatment Can Turn Things Around
The good news is that depression is treatable. Treating depression could make an impact on employment opportunities and reverse a downward trajectory. At Family Guidance Center young people can learn skills for overcoming depression, skills that will enhance their job prospects and perhaps, even, job performance. If this is you, please call us or stop by today. Life can take a dramatic turn when you choose to address your depression.
Physical Symptoms Which Could Point to Depression
- Tuesday, 21 April 2015 10:00
Family Guidance Center
Depression Affects More Than Just Feelings
While depression is categorized as a mood disorder, it affects more than your emotions. According to experts, over half of people with diagnosable depression start off seeing their physician because of chronic body aches. One of the first signs may not be overwhelming sadness or a lack of social interest but unexplainable pain. While it is true that a standard depression screening will ask about mood, sleep and concentration, it’s also been shown that physical ailments can also be a symptom.
One place you may see a manifestation of depression is in your digestive system. Digestive issues are not uncommon side effects. Your digestive tract produces 80-90 percent of your serotonin – a neurotransmitter largely responsible for balancing mood. In other words, it could be a food allergy or an irritation in your gut that is causing your depression.
Another possible sign of depression is chronic migraines. Problem headaches show up alongside disorders like anxiety or depression for more than 10 percent of patients. Unexplained back pain, too, can be connected to a mood disorder. Try warm baths and soothing massages, but if you can’t shake the pain it could be that it stems from somewhere deeper inside.
Chest and joint pain have also been associated with depression. These aches may be signs of depression or can actually lead to depression. In either case, treating the depression can help to alleviate the pain.
At Family Guidance Center we know that when the aches and pains are chronic and without obvious reason, these physical ailments can be symptoms of depression. Don’t ignore your body. If your doctor can’t explain your pain, it could be because it’s actually a sign of mental distress.
Symptoms of Depression
- Friday, 10 April 2015 10:00
Family Guidance Center
Depression goes beyond feeling sad and low for a few days. Yet, even if feelings of sadness stay with you for weeks on end, you may still not suspect that you are experiencing a clinical illness. You may downplay the symptoms of depression believing that time or a change in circumstances will lead to a change in mood or behavior. But symptoms of depression may linger and being able to recognize the symptoms can aid you in knowing when it is time for you or someone you care about to reach out for help.
Here are some of the symptoms used to diagnose depression:
The technical term is anhedonia, but it means that a person no longer feels interested in things that they used to really enjoy. It doesn’t matter if it was riding a bike, watching movies, going shopping or gardening depression robs you of energy, motivation and pleasure in activities that once brought joy.
Most people enjoy eating but, depression interrupts pleasure signals. If you have depression you may pick at food and skip meals because you simply aren’t interested in eating. On the other hand, doctors say that some people may consume more carbohydrates because they provide the body with a quick emotional lift. Weight that changes significantly up or down could signal depression.
Unexplained Physical Pain
If you are experiencing physical ailments, what is really wrong could be psychological. You may actually be feeling back pain or a stomachache even without an obvious reason. That’s because depression can turn up the volume on minor discomforts until they feel like significant pain.
If you are experiencing bouts of anger it could signal depression. Depression increases irritability and anger but it is also true that unprocessed anger can lead to depression.
At Family Guidance we know not only how to recognize the signs of depression, but how to help you leave depression behind. Contact us if you or someone you love are experiencing these symptoms.
Signs of Depression You May Not Recognize
- Tuesday, 10 March 2015 10:00
Family Guidance Center
While the media has certainly elevated the visibility of depression, there are obvious symptoms which get frequent mention. There are also more subtle signs that you may not realize signify depression.
Common Signs of Depression
The classic signs that most people now know to look for are hopelessness, a continued state of gloominess or sadness and a lack of joy or pleasure in life’s activities – even ones which used to be enjoyed greatly. These telltale signs are well known signs to look for. The less obvious signs are just as indicative, but a person might attempt to explain them away as something else.
These less obvious symptoms might be harder to connect to depression but can still be cause for concern:
Sleeping and eating changes – more or less of either
Body aches – unexplained headaches and joint aches
Excessive tiredness – this can include a low libido
Difficulty with focus or concentration
Hypersensitivity to rejection
Life appears as a drab and unsmiling grey
Other less-recognized signs of depression include irritability, aggression and anger. This is important to recognize since unexplained anger could be linked to anxiety and often signals a more serious kind of depression. If you or someone close to you seems inexplicably irritable, take a closer look. Adolescents often experience depression as undirected anger.
It’s hard to admit to yourself or others that you may be struggling with depression. However, whether or not you are ready to admit depression, it will manage to find cracks in the façade. Whether you know you are depressed or just worry that you might be, it’s a good idea to talk with someone else about how you are feeling. Family Guidance can help you sort through the symptoms and find the truth. Call us or stop by.
Signs of Depression That You May Not Know
- Friday, 27 February 2015 10:00
Family Guidance Center
Feelings are a big part of depression. The sadness and hopelessness of depression can be very overwhelming. But there are many signs of depression beyond how a person feels. Do any of these sound familiar to you?
Life Isn’t Rosy Anymore
Colors are not as bright and cheerful to people whose hearts feel grey. Rather than rose-colored glasses, you now see life through grey-hued ones. Depression can affect how you see all areas of your life.
Trapped in the Net of the Internet
Constant time on your laptop, tablet or smartphone takes precedence over daily responsibilities. You feel like the Internet is a lifeline and you can’t let go. If this is something you struggle with, then depression may be overwhelming you.
Physical Pain is a Part of Everyday Life
You experience chronic pain without a legitimate explanation. Unfortunately, steady pain leads to further depression. Digestive problems can also stem from depression.
Personal Hygiene is Not a Priority
Taking care of simple responsibilities like bathing, combing your hair and keeping the house picked up seem like huge feats. Personal hygiene and your home cleanliness start a negative downward cycle of feeling like getting things back in order will require more than you have to give.
Can’t Remember, Can’t Decide
When you’re depressed it’s hard to focus your attention. Not surprisingly, it’s also hard then to recall things later on. The same mind fog makes it tough for people with depression to make simple decisions – like what to eat for dinner or what to wear.
If several of these symptoms ring true for you, it’s time to stop denying that you could be experiencing depression. Make an appointment at Family Guidance and find out how we can help you reverse the cycle. Depression doesn’t have to take over your life. We can help you to regain the color in your life.