Introduction- Anxiety & Depression

“Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population” – adaa.org

2012:

“Depression is a condition that reportedly affects 1 in 10 Americans at one point or another, but the incidence of depression is actually higher in some states than others. Certain ethnicities also report higher depression rates than others.

Over 80% of people that have symptoms of clinical depression are not receiving any specific treatment for their depression. The number of patients diagnosed with depression increases by approximately 20% per year.

An estimate of 121 million people around the world currently suffer from some form of depression” – courtesy of Healthline

2015:

An estimate 350 million people around the world suffer from depression making it one of the most common diseases.

That’s 5% of the worlds population

Women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression than men.- Healthline

 

The number of people with depression is only rising and going untreated.  It seems to me that it is only becoming greater due to our current way of living. Would you agree with me if i told you that i think that Social media is becoming an enabler to this illness?

Just think about it. have a nice walk outside, inside a shopping center. Anywhere you can find humans. What will they most likely be doing? Conversing with a friend, partner, family member? sure. What about holding up their phone to their face? most likely. Nowadays people are spending more time in front of the screen than spending time having a human interaction. More screen time means that our levels of empathy are dropping which results in lower levels of happiness. This Results in people slowly becoming the opposite. Negative, sad, mad, isolated.

This results in what we see, read, and hear about:

  • internet trolls
  • suicides
  • killings

We tend to get too involved and wrap our minds, NO- waste out time scrolling through media. For example: infatuating with celebrities. trying to be every inch of them. Unfortunately, causing some to put themselves down further to the point where they believe that if they don’tlook like their idol, that there is no way of going on with their life. they believe that that is the meaning of life. Aiming for that body, aiming for that wardrobe, aiming for that lifestyle.  If not accomplished, one becomes saddened or mad. which trickles down to feeling this way all the time. Causing some to feel depressed and attacking others verbally or psychically.

The unfortunate events we see nowadays is the result of what we humans are doing to ourselves. we see how the less human contact and the more screen contact is affecting our society. with less positive and more negativity  Causing more mental issues.

And that brings me to one of the reasons why i decided to share my story. My experience dealing with depression. It’s not a common topic that is talked about. But it should be. 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. Why is it pushed aside and not talked about? 350! what if the more we brought up depression maybe more people dealing with depression would come forward and ask for help? 350 million people!?

People who deal with depression shouldn’t feel ashamed of their illness but to feel comfortable talking about it. I want to use social media and share my story. Do my best to give others dealing with this illness a sense of hope.

FIGHT THE STIGMA AROUND MENTAL ILLNESS.

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