I know we don’t normally think of depression as a disability but it is. It is an sickness that effects someone’s life; sometimes even the will to live.. I think about this; about disability and depression, it makes sense to me looking at it as a difference but a disability. I have been sad and feeling like I couldn’t be much because of my disability; the only thing I can do without any help is write with a special keyboard and thinking about any job there is not a lot of jobs that just write, but I never been so down on myself to where I couldn’t think that something good might come one day, when you when you are depressed you can’t get out of the sadness. Depression is more than just feeling sad it is the feeling of sadness and you cannot get out of this is a disability. Here is some more information about depression and what to look for.
”Depression; Research has consistently shown a strong link between suicide and depression, with 90% of the people who die by suicide having an existing mental illness or substance abuse problem at the time of their death.
What is Depression?
More than just temporary blue mood, the despondency of depression is unrelenting and overwhelming. Some people describe it as “living in a black hole” or having a feeling of impending doom. They can’t escape their unhappiness and despair. However, some people with depression don’t feel depressed at all. Rather than sad, they feel lifeless and empty. In this apathetic state, they are unable to experience pleasure. Even when participating in activities they used to enjoy, they feel as if they’re just “going through the motions.” Depression is often linked with anxiety (link).
Specific symptoms must include five of the following:
Problems with eating
Problems with sleeping
Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy
Feeling very slowed down while at the same time feeling restless or agitated
Feeling very tired or fatigued
Feeling of worthlessness or major guilt
Not being able to concentrate very well, can’t make decisions
Recurrent thoughts of death
Feeling sad or depressed for most of the day for at least two weeks
Facts and Statistics about Depression
1 in 10 American adults—or approximately 21 million people―suffer from a depressive illness each year.
Rates of depression in women are twice as high as they are in men. This is due to hormonal factors. When it comes to symptoms, women are more likely than men to experience pronounced feelings of guilt, sleep excessively, overeat, and gain weight. Women are also more likely to suffer from seasonal affective disorder.
Causes of Depression
Early life experiences, life events, genetic predisposition, hormonal changes, lifestyle factors, and certain personality traits all play a part in causing depression. Something that causes depression in one person may have no effect on another.
What helps Depression? Psychotherapy or talk therapy
Taking a daily vitamin and eating well
Exercising on a regular basis.”
”Risk Factors of Suicide
There are a variety of risk factors that increase a person’s risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior. Recent research has shown that most suicides are the result of an combination of biological, psychological, socio-cultural and family factors.
Youth or adults who experience the following are at a greater risk for suicide and depression:
- Feelings of hopelessness or rejection
- Break up of a romantic relationship OR other major loss such as the loss of income, job, home, self-esteem, social network, etc.
- Family history of suicide, depression, violence, and/or instability
- History of trauma or abuse
- Current diagnosis or past diagnosis of an eating disorder
- Mental health disorders, particularly mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and certain personality disorder diagnoses
- Disruption of routine as caused by changes in relationships, divorce, moving to a new location, or a new job
- Death of close friend or family member, especially from suicide
- Clusters of suicide in a fairly short period of time–these can have a “contagion” influence
- Problems at school, at work or with the law
- Fear of authority, peers or group/gang members
- History of impulsiveness, lack of fear, or aggressive tendencies
- Stress due to new situations like a new school, new job, new home or new location
- Chronic illness or pain
- Sense of isolation or feeling different from other people
- Living with stigmas associated with help-seeking behavior
- Facing barriers to effective and affordable care for mental health issues/substance abuse
- Alcohol or substance abuse
- Concerns about sexual identity
- Having access to lethal means
If someone you know experiences one or more of these risk factors, encourage them to speak with a professional (link to mental health resource) to help them cope. The list of Suicide Warning Signs may help you identify someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts, and the How To Help page gives you tips on what you can do.”