Depression is more common than you think, don't ignore the signs.
At times we all need support, and anyone can experience depression. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Depression is so common that it affects 5% of adults globally, equaling about 280 million people. Depression should not be confused with normal mood fluctuations.
"Depression can have major effects on a person's health and day-to-day life, because this illness can cause you to suffer greatly and function poorly at work, at school, even in your family," says Christie Lesser, LCSW-R. Christie is the chair of Neighborhood Health Center's behavioral health department.
Consider scheduling an appointment with a member of our behavioral health team or other mental health professional if you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms:
Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as hobbies or sports
Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts
Anxiety, agitation or restlessness
Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
Depression can have a severe impact on health, please
Do not hesitate to ask your provider to connect you with our team of inclusive and kind behavioral health professionals. Learn more