While many people would like to think that they will never suffer from depression, statistics would seem to suggest this may not be so fortunate. Indeed, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America has found that as many as 14.8 million adults -- roughly 6.7 percent of the population -- will suffer a major depressive episode in a given year, and that depression is one of the leading causes of disability in the U.S. among those between the ages of 15 to 44. As sobering as these numbers are, consider also that not everyone suffering from depression responds to traditional treatments like antidepressants and/or cognitive behavioral therapy.
Last week, our blog discussed how May is Mental Health Month, an annual event held to promote understanding, debunk misconceptions, and fight the stigma faced by millions here in the U.S. and around the world.
Thanks to the hard work of researchers across the United States and around the world, we now understand significantly more about depression. For instance, just a few months ago Canadian researchers made the groundbreaking discovery that a diagnosis of depression was frequently accompanied by significant brain inflammation.
All this week, mental health advocacy groups of all sizes have been busy sponsoring initiatives and holding activities as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. This annual event began nearly 25 years ago when Congress decided to officially honor the unwavering efforts of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to raise awareness about a condition currently affecting 61.5 million people in some capacity here in the U.S.
Right now, thousands of Americans are struggling with serious mental illnesses that make it very difficult, if not impossible, to function on a day-to-day basis, let alone hold a full-time job.
Anyone with depression knows it is way more than just being sad or feeling a little down. In fact, for those living with depression, the condition can be downright debilitating, even impacting their lives to the point that holding down a job is impossible.
In today's post, we'll take a closer look at a very interesting case out of the state of Illinois concerning one man's quest for disability benefits after being diagnosed with a very serious mental condition that has compromised his ability to perform the job he has held for several years.
Residents here in Texas know that there are some negative stigmas that surround mental health conditions. Because of the difficulties associated with diagnosis, and because mental conditions don't always have visible symptoms, many people across the nation look at mental impairments with increased scrutiny.