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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

October is Depression Education and Awareness Month

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At Celebrate Hope, we would like to thank everyone in recovery who shared messages of support during Mental Illness Awareness Week. Each time we start a conversation about mental health, it erodes the stigma that prevents men and women from seeking treatment and recovery services.

Naturally, our work to dispel myths about mental illness does not stop with MIAW. Fighting stigma and discussing mental health conditions are necessary to examine year-round. The reality is that most Americans know very little about mental disease, even though we all know someone who is impacted by either anxiety, depression, or addiction.

The month of October is an excellent opportunity to explore the most common form of mental illness on the planet: depression. October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month. In 2017, an estimated 17.3 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode, according to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

What is a Major Depressive Episode


The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), is the taxonomic and diagnostic tool published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The DSM-V defines a major depressive episode as at least two weeks of a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in almost all activities. There are several symptoms that are common among people who experience depression. The signs include but are not limited to:
  • Regular troubles with sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Daily feelings of fatigue
  • Issues with concentration
  • Suicidal ideation or attempts
Anyone can be impacted by depression; mental illnesses do not discriminate. The World Health Organization reports that 300 million people around the globe have depression. The organization adds that the disorder is the leading cause of disability.

Moreover, those who struggle with depression are at high risk of using drugs and alcohol to cope with their symptoms. Self-medicating is a practice that increases a person's risk of developing an alcohol or substance use disorder. Estimates indicate that more than half of people living with addiction also meet the criteria for co-occurring mental illnesses like depression.

Drugs and alcohol are tempting for people living with depression because they may provide temporary relief. However, self-medicating mental illness always makes one's problems worse in the long run. People who suffer from major depressive episodes must seek professional assistance. Attempts to manage one's condition alone can be detrimental to health.

You can take part in National Depression Education and Awareness Month, sharing messages of hope and strength on social media. Please use #DepressionAwareness when sharing facts about depression.

Co-Occurring Disorder Recovery


If you are in the grips of addiction and also struggle with depression, the Celebrate Hope can help you get on the path to recovery. Our faith-based treatment center is equipped to support people living with a dual diagnosis.

We utilize evidence-based treatment practices along with a holistic, Christian approach rooted in Biblical principles to address every aspect of your afflictions. Please contact us today to learn more about our programs. (888) 350-6910

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Mental Illness Awareness Week: Experience, Strength, and Hope

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Those who have been touched by the cold hand of addiction know the deadly nature of stigma. Even in recovery, society still casts aspersions upon men and women. Many people still have an aversion toward living next to treatment centers and sober living homes. It’s proof that misunderstanding is still pervasive in America.

The plight of those living with mental illness is to deal with shame both in active addiction and in recovery. Imagine if a person with cancer was ostracized; then imagine a community still treating them different after being fortunate to have their disease go into remission. You can’t. Mental illness is one of a handful of severe medical conditions that patients are treated like pariahs in their community.

Stigma is nothing new; it’s one of the reasons that programs like Alcoholics Anonymous prioritize anonymity. Even though recovering addicts and alcoholics prove time and again to be productive members of society, they still cannot shake stereotypes.

Each year, experts in the field of mental illness commit themselves to help educate and enlighten the general public about psychological conditions. They encourage friends, families, employers, and schools to support better the millions of Americans who deal with symptoms of mental health disorders.

Organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) promote the idea that love can cure stigma. When men and women are hesitant to seek assistance, it affects all of society. NAMI reports that mood disorders are the most common cause of hospitalization for all people in the U.S. under age 45. Moreover, across the U.S. economy, serious mental illness causes $193.2 billion in lost earnings each year.

NAMI adds that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Anxiety and depression cost the global economy $1 trillion in lost productivity each year. At the heart of these statistics is that mental health affects all of society.

Mental Illness Awareness Week 2019


Today is the last day of Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). At Celebrate Hope, we would like to encourage you to take a moment today to join the movement. The effort to end stigma is a seminal cause in this day and age. What’s more, men and women in recovery are in a unique position to end the stigma that continues to hold them down.

Just as people in recovery are best able to help others stay sober, they are also able to help the general public see mental illness in a different light. Observances like MIAW, Mental Health Awareness Month, and National Recovery Month impel people in recovery to share their experience.

People struggling with mental illness need to know that they are not alone, and men and women in recovery can help to that end. NAMI has several campaigns and forums to guide individuals and help them to encourage others toward the light of recovery.

One person’s experience, strength, and hope can have a ripple effect; people in recovery must never discount the impact they can have on another person. Millions of people who need assistance can find empowerment from men and women in recovery.

Please click this link to learn how you can become involved in the movement to end stigma and inspire recovery. NAMI asks you to consider:

“You can make a difference for yourself and others by sharing your experiences and perspective. What has helped? What hasn’t? What has been most discouraging about your condition? What has given you hope?” 

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