Depression is Taking Over the United States

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression, and the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that approximately 16 million people have suffered from a depressive episode within the United States alone. Depression can be very debilitating, and those who suffer from it may feel isolated, hopeless, and exhausted. Anyone can experience depression, no matter their age, gender, health situation, or any other circumstance. Dr. Twenge, an author for Psychology Today, suggests the following reasons for this major concern:

  1. Relationships and community ties are weaker. Rainie, Horrigan, Wellman, and Boase from the Pew Research Center address this initial concern back in 2006 – but they identify that America’s networking is becoming more transformed into online connections rather than face-to-face. With apps like Facebook and Instagram, many people focus on building relationships and friendships via technology – but could this be contributing to depression? A study conducted by psychology professor Alejandro Lleras at the University of Illinois found that cell phone use and addictive behaviors towards technology are linked to anxiety and depression.
  2. As a society, we are more focused on money, fame, and image. With this comes more reliance on extrinsic motivation, which at times we cannot control – a significant factor in leading towards anxiety and depression. Carolyn Gregoire from the Huffington Post (2014) discusses the connection between our perceptions of power, self-esteem, and social/financial status and how this is connected to depression.
  3. Greater expectations of ourselves and the world could also be a component to depression in the United States. When we view life as grandiose and full of opportunity and adventure without also taking into consideration the harsh realities for millions of people and the hard work that goes into these opportunities, depression is a natural response to disappointment. If we can grasp a balance of life, both the good and bad, we are more likely to be able to handle both aspects.

Many people suffer from anxiety and depression within the world, let alone the United States. The best way to combat these factors is to take a good look at our life and determine which aspects are bringing us down – meeting with a therapist could provide great assistance with us. By taking a more critical approach to our lifestyles and the impacts of everything around us, we can take more responsible steps towards overcoming our depression and leading a more happier, healthier life.

Recovery from depression is possible. Many people find that with the right treatment, therapy, and changes in lifestyle they can find remission from depression long term. Learning to live with depression takes time and learning. Residential treatment programs give you the time you need to focus on healing. Avalon Malibu is one of California’s only certified primary mental health treatment facility providing trusted programs with trusted results. For a confidential assessment and more information, call us today: 888-958-7511

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