Depression is by far the most commonly experienced mental health problem. Somewhere around 300 million people globally experience depression. While it may effect so many people, less than 50 per cent of those 300 million seek treatment.
That’s part of a bigger picture showing that mental health problems account for around half of all health problems but, even more alarmingly, only around a quarter of people get treatment.
Men are still in the highest statistically to go undiagnosed and treated. Older men in particular are the least likely to be in treatment year they are in the group that has the highest rate of mental health problems.
Because it is so widely experienced, Depression has been the subject of many studies. We know a lot more about it. It is something caused by brain function. Experts think certain parts of the brain help regulate mood.
So while there is still much to learn about brain function and its relationship to Depression, the conduction itself is much better understood.
But just how it is understood can be somewhat confusing. Many people with Depression might not be aware that they have it. How many of us know someone who might seem like they need to snap out of it and and apply themselves more? That could be someone experiencing depression and neither you or they know it. It isn’t something that you can ‘snap out of’ either.
But understanding that you or someone you know might have depression is an important step. Taking that means that the next step, finding help and support through medication and therapy, can take place. Like so many mental health issues, taking control is that process of taking a step a time. But awareness, about the problem and seeking treatment are vital steps on that path to recovery.