Depression Afflicts 20 percent of the population in the United States and worldwide, Approximately one in five adults in the United States suffer from depression one time in their lives.
First the Statistics:
Twice as many women as men experience depression.
15% of depressed people will commit suicide.
Affects more than 17 million Americans each year, hundreds of thousands of medications are given out each year to treat depression.
Men are also more likely to hide depression from themselves and others by self medicating with alcohol or drugs or working excessive long hours.
The onset of true depression increases sharply during the teenage years, then gradually rises to peak around age 40. Average onset age is 30 with treatment beginning usually about 3 years later.
Symptoms of Depression
Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions.
Feelings of guilt, shame, condemnation, worthlessness, helplessness and hopelessness.
Insomnia, early morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping, Irritability, restlessness, Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex. Fatigue and decreased energy,
Overeating or appetite loss. Severe despondency and dejection.
Persistent aches and pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease with treatment.
Persistent sad, anxious, or empty feeling.
Thoughts of suicide and/or suicide attempts.
Panic attacks can present a wide range of symptoms, such as:
A surge of overwhelming doom and gloom – that something terrible is about to occur and/or that you are in grave danger A strong feeling of trepidation and foreboding
A strong urgency to get out, runaway, and escape from danger
Confusion, difficulty thinking clearly
Feeling like you are about to lose control, lose it
Feeling like you might become uncontrollably hysterical
Trembling, shaking Upset stomach, nauseated
Depersonalization (feeling detached from reality, separate from one-self, separate from normal emotions)
Derealization (feeling unreal, in a dream-like state) Feeling dizzy, lightheaded, unsteady, off balance
Emotionally upset, distressed Feel like you might be going crazy
Feel like you are about to freaking out Fearful thoughts that seem incessant
Feel like you can’t calm yourself down Knot in the stomach, tight stomach
Pounding heart Racing heart Shooting pains in the chest, neck, shoulder, head, or face.
Types of Depression:
Major Depression – characterized by a deep sense of sadness or unhappiness and a lack of interest in things you used to enjoy such as hobbies, friends, or sex.
Bipolar Disorder – characterized by alternating periods of depression and elation. The high periods are called mania.
“There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance.” Dr. Peter Breggin http://www.breggin.com/
He also said that antidepressants can only “mask the problem” and that “these drugs are very dangerous.”
He called psychiatry a “pseudoscience” and suggested that there are better approaches.
Symptoms of anxiety attacks include:
A feeling of overwhelming fear
Feeling of going crazy or losing control
Feeling you are in grave danger
Feeling you might pass out
A surge of doom and gloom
An urgency to escape
Dizziness, Palpitations, Trembling, Sweating
Shortness of breath
Panic Attack / Chest pressure or pain
Feeling detached from reality
Weak in the knees
Pins and needles
Hot and cold flushes
Numbness and tingling sensations
Causes of Depression – no clear cause
Author: Pastor Pat Buckley
Published on: Jan 30, 2016 @ 16:29