Depression is probably the most common mental illness that we hear about. Most know that it is more than just feeling sad or lethargic and that it affects millions of people every year. What those who have never experienced it might not understand about depression is that it is a very individual illness that affects each person differently. While there are lots of known treatments out there and many do find effective ways of managing their depression, it is not an exact science with one simple answer.
Depression can be a very isolating disease that leaves people feeling alone and misunderstood. While you might struggle just to get out of bed in the morning or leave the house, you feel judged that you are not able to fulfill the goals of others. Some feel that depression needs to be earned by some traumatic event or difficult experience. The truth is that depression can come at any time to anyone, no matter their lifestyle, history or circumstances. (Health Link BC)
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Exercise has proven to be an effective tool in managing mild or moderate depression. It has also been proven that those with low activity levels, sometimes due to injury, long-term illness or other circumstances, can bring on feelings of depression. Exercise is a natural trigger for the release of serotonin, which is the same agent used in antidepressant medication. (Forbes)
While medication is an effective treatment for many for depression, it does not have a 100% success rate. Most professionals recommend pairing medication with talk therapy because depression can come back even while on medication and the side effects can be substantial. It is best to talk to your doctor or mental health professional to find out if meds are right for you. (Forbes)
Question: Why do you think teens and older people are the most susceptible to depression?
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