According to the DSM (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), 15% of individuals with severe Major Depressive disorder die by suicide.
What more reason do you need to get help?
Without proper treatment, your advice comes from well-meaning friends & family. They might say 'get over it' or 'things will get better', etc. Worse yet, 'you don't need doctors or medication - just change your attitude'! Some of them genuinely try to help by comforting you or getting you out of the house and active; unfortunately that doesn't treat this disorder.
They mean well but they don't understand.
If you think you have major depression, please be evaluated and get treatment.
You will feel so much better if you do.
Untreated, Major Depression takes over your life.
It's up to you to manage your depression because no one else can, and no one else knows how you feel better than you.
With all the misconceptions about mental health, it's hard to find support with this condition.
Mental health professionals DO understand!
Depression isn't just having a bad day - it's much more than that. Negative situations do make it worse.
If you have depression, you know it's like nothing else - impossible to describe. You don't have to continue feeling this way.
Some of the more common symptoms are:
- problems sleeping (too much or too little)
- loss of interest or pleasure in most activities
- fatigue - loss of energy
- excessive guilt, feelings of worthlessness
- difficulty thinking, concentrating
- obsessive thoughts
- thoughts of death (thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts )