There’s a lot of awareness around depression these days. People talk more freely about it, there are antidepressant ads on television and radio, and, of course, there’s the internet where information on depression is bountiful. So how is it that a person might be suffering from depression but not recognize the symptoms of depression in themselves?
Missing the Symptoms of Depression
How does this happen?
- There are still many who don’t know the signs of major depression and that depression is a serious mental illness.
- Some are in denial about living with depression. “I’m just a little sad. This will go away.”
- Others have been living with depression symptoms for so long, they think that this is “normal.”
Unrecognized, Untreated Depression Can Results in Serious Problems
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 10 people suffers from depression at any given time. One of those people is Ken. One day, Ken tweeted out to us (follow HealthyPlace on Twitter) that he ended up being hospitalized because he never recognized the symptoms of depression in himself.
“I am a husband, a father of two wonderful daughters, a recent college graduate with honors, and I live with mental illness. My unipolar depression and anxiety are a part of who I am, and the therapy and medication I use to fight them are no different than a cane or a cast someone with a broken bone might use.”
“Still, my mental health affects my life every day. I still experience panic attacks, social phobia, and depressive episodes, but I get up and try every day, because I’m not ready to give up. I’ve fought the hardships of mental illness, and with a great support structure, proven that mental illness is a challenge but not a defeat.”
Ken joins us on this edition of the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show to share his depression experience and the impact of missing the signs and symptoms of depression.
Share Your Experience of Living with Unrecognized Depression Symptoms
Did you not recognize the symptoms of depression in yourself? Why and how did it impact you? And how did you finally learn you had depression? We invite you to call us and share your thoughts and experience with us at 1-888-883-8045. (Info about Sharing Your Mental Health Experience here.) You can also leave comments below.