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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

October is Depression Education and Awareness Month

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

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