Depression Treatment in Wichita Falls
Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide
In the United States, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that an estimated 16.2 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2016. This represents 6.7% of all adults in the United States.
In terms of age, depression is most common in young adults. The NIMH reports that in 2016, 8.3% of adults aged 18 to 25 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode, the highest rate among all age groups.
How Do You Know If You're Depressed?
There are several common symptoms of depression, including
- Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
- Changes in appetite and sleep patterns
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Irritability and restlessness
- Physical symptoms, such as muscle aches, headaches, and stomach problems
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
If Depression Goes Untreated
If depression goes untreated, it can have severe and potentially long-term consequences. Some of the potential complications of untreated depression can include the following:
- Increased risk of self-harm and suicide: Depression is a leading risk factor for self-harm and suicide. If left untreated, depression can increase a person’s risk of engaging in self-destructive behaviors, such as cutting or overdosing on medication. In severe cases, depression can lead to thoughts of suicide, which can be life-threatening if not treated promptly.
- Physical health problems: Depression can also have adverse effects on physical health. For example, depression has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and other chronic illnesses. Depression can also cause changes in appetite and sleep patterns, leading to weight gain or loss and difficulty sleeping. These changes can affect a person’s overall health and well-being.
- Social isolation: Depression can also lead to social isolation, as people with depression may lose interest in social activities and withdraw from their friends and family. This can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation, which can worsen the symptoms of depression.
- Difficulty with work and school: Depression can also affect a person’s ability to concentrate and make decisions, making it difficult to perform well at work or school. This can lead to problems with job performance, academic achievement, and relationships with coworkers and classmates.
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