Depression can affect people of any sex, social class or age. In many cases, symptoms of depression are ignored and left untreated, of which the consequences can be serious. Even though occasional feelings of sadness are normal, depression that lingers and affects normal everyday activities is cause for concern. Ignoring those symptoms can lead to long term consequences.
Ignoring Depression as a Possibility
Someone who loses interest in formerly enjoyed activities, who withdraws from others, who becomes listless and tired could be showing signs of real depression. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away, but could lead to more serious consequences. Often the fear of stigma from being diagnosed with a mental illness stops someone from seeking help for depression.
The Facts About Depression
Every year depression affects people of every age group
- 12 percent of adult women
- 7 percent of adult men
- 20 percent of the elderly
- 3 percent of teens
- 5 percent of children
Depression is a serious condition that deserves attention and treatment. The risks of not treating depression are staggering. Consider that 15 percent of those with depression commit suicide every year. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens in our country. White men aged 85 years and older are five times more likely to commit suicide than others. Suicide is a permanent response to what can be a temporary problem. Treatment is key.
Don’t ignore depression either in yourself or in someone you love – no matter what their age. At Family Guidance Center we have professional mental health professionals who can show you how to overcome depression. You just need to take the first step and call us today.