October: Depression Awareness Month
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October: Depression Awareness Month

October: Depression Awareness Month

October is one of the most popular months of the year involving awareness for various causes. Some popular causes you may have heard of are: domestic violence awareness, breast cancer awareness, and adopt a shelter dog month.

All of these are very worthy causes not only for your health, but for the well being of others. One October cause that tends to slip through the cracks during this busy month is depression awareness.

There is a common stereotype that people who are depressed walk around moping with a rain cloud above their head, or stay in bed all day because they are sad. What people don't realize is that depression is not something someone can control, it can often come out of the blue in all different shapes and forms.

People tend to overlook the severity of depression unless they know a person who suffers from it. The word "depressed" has become desensitized in our society due to people throwing it around in conversation to describe how someone feels. If someone is bummed they did bad on their test, people tend to say, "oh she is just depressed," but is she really?

There are many different types of depression: major depression, persistent depressive disorder, psychotic depression, postpartum depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), bipolar and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

Depression is not just something you can wait out, or shake off. Sometimes certain events in one's life can serve as a trigger, causing chemical changes in their brain.

Someone who is diagnosed with any type of depression struggles not only mentally, but physically as well. Depression can affect one's physical health causing them to be four times more likely to have a heart attack, or coronary artery disease. Mentally, people with depression may contemplate self harm or suicide in extreme cases.

Everyone has their bad or "off days," but when they become more frequent and constant, they can start to drastically affect one's life.

"Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailor," - Dorothy Rowe.

Some people feel ashamed that they cannot control their emotions, and are often embarrassed, but it is not something they can help. No one should have to fight depression alone.

Early detection and screening of depression can help prevent the health risks associated with depression later on. Take part in a free depression screening to protect your health.

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