In an article written by doctor Louise B Andrew, a former member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she reviewed different data on the topic of depression.
In her article, she showed that only 50% of people who were diagnosed with depression receive any sort of treatment, and only 20% of those people were receiving proper treatment set by APA (American Psychiatry Association).
That means that on average, up to two-thirds of the people who were diagnosed with either an anxiety or a depression disorder receive any real treatment!
Seems crazy right? I mean, when you have a cold or some other illness you go to the doctor to get some help right away, right?
Well, as it turns out those people do go to the doctor, perhaps more than they should.
You see, ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) did research on the matter and found out that people who suffer from anxiety are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor than people who don’t.
Yet this doesn’t count as getting “help”.
Here’s why: Your doctor is not a mental health professional.
This isn’t to say that he is incompetent or anything like that, but rather that he does not have the required training to help you.
When you go to a doctor and describe certain physical symptoms the doctor is likely to diagnose you based on their knowledge.
Anxiety and depression have many physical symptoms which can easily be confused with other illnesses.
In a report on a research conducted By the Journal Of The American Medical Association (JAMA) up to 28% of diagnosis, mistakes were severe.
Also, up to 8% of them were common. And yes, when I say severe I do mean severe – an untreated case of anxiety and/or depression may leave permanent, irreversible damage!
“Alright, So what’s the worst that could happen?”
You could die.
And I do mean that literally
In a research conducted in Canada, it was shown that 48% of individuals reported having suicidal thoughts, half of which (24% overall) attempted suicide.
There’s a direct correlation between suffering from chronic depression and anxiety and attempting to commit suicide.
Aside from these mental considerations, anxiety and depression also have physical symptoms.
Clinical depression and any anxiety disorder take a major toll on your body.
They damage the way that you brain functions, increase the risk of a heart attack and the like.
A study from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention shows that people who suffer from chronic depression live for 25 years less than the average person.
If you want a change, you need to make it happen.
It may sound cheesy, but it’s the truth.
Depressive episodes can last for over two years, and the possibility of a relapse is very real.
Anxiety disorders are a particularly difficult problem in this day and age, seeing how stressed we are all the time.
The likelihood of your conditions just vanishing one day is very low.
It is up to you to take action and will yourself to overcome them.
Now, I know that you probably heard people shrug off your concerns, believing that anxiety and depression are just in your head, but the right mindset is a must.
If you do not want to improve your condition, no matter what you do, you are not going to get better.
Free treatment for anxiety and depression is available to you at all times!
Both anxiety and depression are considered highly treatable disorders by nearly all mental health organizations around the world – meaning that as long as you don’t stop trying you are not going to fail (Just like most things in life, really).
Alright then, so what are the basics of treating anxiety and depression?
Finding the cause, and eliminating it
That’s pretty much it.
The things you should do include, but are not limited to:
- Meditation, relaxation and breathing exercises
- Challenge your negativity and visualize your problems and life
- Develop a balanced diet and exercise
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Develop helpful habits
- Find someone who listens and share your struggles with them.
These methods will not necessarily work for you, and even if they will, they are going to take time to take effect.
The upside here is that all of these are perfectly practical, require no investment of money on your part, and boast a high success rating.
In fact, some studies show that CBT and other self-help methods are more helpful than traditional therapy.
The key here is to Keep. At. It.
Right, so what should you do next?
Truth be told, Normally I would recommend that you get started right away, but this time I will not.
The reason for that is that I barely elaborated on any of the self-help methods here.
The next thing that you should do is to read further articles on this website, where I really go into detail on how to overcome both anxiety and depression.
If you got any questions to ask me you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will make sure to answer as soon as possible!
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