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Friday, March 31, 2017

Depression Leading Cause of Poor Health

Recent findings from the World Health Organization (WHO) say depression is now the leading cause of illness and disability across the globe. And it’s linked to other disorders and diseases, including substance use disorder, according to WHO.

Between 2005 and 2015, the number of people living with depression rose 18 percent, jumping to 300 million people worldwide, according to researchers. Yet, despite these alarming figures, few seek treatment. That’s why on April 7, in celebration of Word Health Day, WHO is urging you to talk about mental health. In fact, this year’s theme is “Depression: let’s talk.” The goal is to stop the stigma and increase access to mental health treatment so folks can get the help they need and deserve. 

“The continuing stigma associated with mental illness was the reason why we decided to name our campaign 'Depression: let’s talk,'” Dr. Shekhar Saxena, director of WHO's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, said in a statement. “For someone living with depression, talking to a person they trust is often the first step towards treatment and recovery.”

Spotting the Signs of Depression
Depression is much bigger than regular old sadness. It has mental and physical effects that can impact your daily life, job, relationships, and sobriety. Here are some common depression symptoms to look for.
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Insomnia
  • Sleeping too much
  • Changes in appetite or weight 
  • Physical pain
  • Memory problems
  • Social withdrawal
  • Unexplained sadness 
  • Loss of interest in hobbies/activities
Do You Need Dual-Diagnosis Treatment?
Co-occurring conditions like depression may exist prior to substance abuse, or develop as a side effect of drug and alcohol dependency. Using traditional and holistic therapies, Red Oak has a proven history of successfully addressing the secondary health challenges that complicate substance abuse. For more info, call 866-831-9107.


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