Life is not a straight line for anyone. We all experience ups and downs, bouts of blues, and periods of sadness that eventually pass with time. For some, however, these feelings aren't a phase — they're symptoms of depression.
Many people mistakenly view depression as a bad mood gone awry and believe that — with enough willpower — you can shake it off. It's important to understand that depression is a real disease — a mood disorder that affects how you think, feel, and handle daily activities. Those who suffer from depression can find it challenging to maintain their daily routine, fulfill work and social obligations, or simply get out of bed in the morning.
Depression is one of the most common mood disorders in the United States. Roughly 1 in 10 adults — that's upwards of 22 million Americans — experience depression at any given time.
Depression is a complex condition, and experts aren't entirely sure what causes it. However, research suggests that various genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors play a role in depression, including:
Depression is not a one-size-fits-all diagnosis. There are many types, each with different causes, symptoms, and treatments. The most common forms of depression include:
Depression symptoms can vary widely from person to person. For example, some people with depression have trouble sleeping, whereas others may want to sleep all the time. Also, different forms of depression have distinct symptoms and varying levels of severity.
While depression looks different for everyone, common symptoms include:
It's completely normal — and completely okay — to feel sad, lonely, or depressed sometimes. It's a natural reaction to life's many struggles. But when these feelings start to take over your life, it may be time to seek help. Talk to a professional as soon as you can if:
Due to stigma and other barriers, more than half of people with mental illness do not seek help for their disorders. At Firefly, we believe that mental illness is no different than any other medical illness. There's no shame in seeking guidance and support. From medications to supporting changes to your habits and lifestyle, we're here to help you work towards a full recovery.
More than half of people with mental illness do not seek help for their disorders.
If you believe you may have depression, consult with your care team today through the Firefly app. Not a member yet? Get started by signing up on our website or giving us a call at (855) 869-9284.
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