Depression is a treatable condition that affects people of all ages. Worldwide, the number of people experiencing depression increased more than 18 percent between 2005–2015, yet only half of people with depression get help. While some adults with depression may have been managing the disease for a number of years, others experience depression for the first time later in life.
Symptoms of depression include:
- Feelings of guilt and/or worthlessness
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of interest in activities
- Social withdrawal
Unlike typical feelings of sadness, loneliness or grief, depression does not go away on its own and may last for months or years at a time if untreated. Because depression can mimic symptoms of other diseases, early signs may be misdiagnosed.
Before diagnosis and treatment of depression, physical tests should be conducted to rule out other illnesses. Treatment options such as psychotherapy and antidepressants can improve symptoms and quality of life for those suffering from depression at any age.
Don’t let depression keep you down. Call the national Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for information about counseling and support groups in your area.