We all get a little depressed at times. Maybe it’s the times that we live in, but anti-depressive drugs are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs on the market today.
At one point when I had a lot of stress in my life I took an occasional Xanax. It calmed me down a little and helped me sleep. My doctor told me that most of his patients that took the stuff were also occasional users.
A lot of times people who are depressed turned to drugs and alcohol as a quick fix, but it never really helps. Instead, it compounds the problem and usually makes them even more depressed.
In my own life I have had two people who became so depressed that they took their own lives. One was my cousin and the other was a good friend and Co-worker of mine.
The co-worker got into a really bad problem with meth and my cousin became depressed after his mom died of cancer. Shortly thereafter he found out that he had the same kind of cancer that his mom had. I guess he didn’t want to go through the whole thing again.
According to Medical News Today: “After analyzing the results of a nationwide telephone survey involving nearly quarter of a million people during 2006 and 2008, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded that 9 per cent of adult Americans had current depression.”
The kind of depression that we are talking about here is not just getting the blues every once in a while, but rather depression that is severe and crippling.
Women were almost twice as likely to suffer from depression as men. Maybe there might be a physical cause behind them having a so much higher rate. It’s interesting to think about how much depression has a physical cause and how much of it is caused by your surroundings.
The rates have climbed higher with joblessness and the tanking economy, but maybe these people have a physical tendency towards depression to begin with. Other groups that seem to have less depression are married people, senior citizens and students.
One interesting thing to note with the upcoming holidays is that suicide rates are believed to be highest around the holidays but in reality they’re not. They are actually higher in the spring when people think that they are suddenly going to get better because of the brighter weather, but they don’t.
Lifestyle factors and overall general health also seem to affect the rates of depression in people as well.