Major depression is a mood state that goes well beyond temporarily feeling sad or blue. It is a serious medical illness that affects one’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, mood and physical health.
WHO NEEDS TO KNOW?
In 2014, an estimated 2.8 million adolescents aged 12-17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year, according to NIMH. Twenty percent of teens will experience depression before reaching adulthood.
- The death rate from suicide (11.3 per 100,000 population) remains higher than the death rate for chronic liver disease, Alzheimer’s, homicide, arteriosclerosis or hypertension.
- For every two homicides committed in the United States, there are three suicides.
- The suicide rate for older adults is more than 50 percent higher than the rate for the nation as a whole.
- Up to two-thirds of older adult suicides are attributed to untreated or misdiagnosed depression.
- Untreated depression is the number one risk for suicide among youth.
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15-24 year olds and the fourth leading cause of death in 10-14 year olds.
- Young males age 15-24 are at highest risk for suicide, with a ratio of males to females at 7:1.
How do I know if I am depressed?
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
- Irritability, restlessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness or excessive sleeping
- Overeating or appetite loss
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
- Aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
HOW TO GET HELP
Talk to a trusted adult such as a parent, physician or counselor.
Call Centerstone at (888) 291-HELP to schedule an appointment with a therapist. If you feel like you need immediate help, please call (800) 681-7444 for 24-hour Crisis Services.