According to the latest data from the CDC, an estimated 1 in 10 Americans currently suffers from depression. And women are 70 percent more likely to be diagnosed than men are.
While there are many signs of depression—like persistent feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness, loss of interest in activities, and changes in sleeping and eating patterns—one of the most serious symptoms is suicidal ideation, or thoughts of suicide. In fact, depression is the most common mental disorder associated with suicide. And shockingly, arecent report from the CDC found that the suicide rate among adults aged 35-64 increased 28.4 percent from 1999 to 2010, with an estimated 17.6 deaths per 100,000 people in 2010. As of 2010, more adults died from suicide than from car crashes.
With rates of suicide increasing in middle-aged adults, it’s vital to remember that depression is a serious, debilitating, and treatable mental illness. Pay attention to the signs and symptoms below if you think that you or someone you know may be suffering from depression:
-Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
-Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
-Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
-Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
-Fatigue and decreased energy
-Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
-Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
-Overeating, or appetite loss
-Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
-Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment