Depression In Seattle
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Each year about 6.7% of U.S adults experience major depressive disorder.” It’s important to note that this number might be even higher due to the stigma of reporting mental health issues such as depression. Remember, there is no shame in asking for help when you’re struggling.
Depression is among the nation’s most common mental health issues. Typical symptoms may include: lingering, persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, anxiety, or loneliness; irritability; diminished interest in activities that used to be enjoyable; changes in appetite (eating too much or too little); changes in sleep (sleeping too much or too little); or suicidal thoughts and feelings.
In the city of Seattle, depression rates are not as high as one might expect. It turns out that Seattle’s often-rainy climate doesn’t directly correlate to higher rates of depression in its inhabitants. According to Health.com, Washington doesn’t even rank in the 10 most depressing states in the nation.
A depressive condition that Seattleites may be more familiar with is called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Seasonal affective disorder is a type of seasonal depression tied to lower levels of daylight in autumn and winter in places of northern latitude (like Seattle). Click here for more information on SAD, including symptoms and possible treatments.
Undoubtedly you’ve seen at least a few TV commercials advertising anti-depressants. (On a related note: Please keep in mind that making the decision to take an anti-depressant is a very serious one that shouldn’t be swayed based soley on an effective TV commercial; it should be an honest discussion between you and your doctor.) Medication can be beneficial in helping to relieve symptoms of depression, but research has shown that the combined effects of medication in addition to therapy is best for treatment outcomes.
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, treat it as an emergency – call 911.