Depression – More Than The Blues

Everyone has experienced times in which we feel sad, lonely, isolated and melancholy. However, “clinical” depression is much more intense and much longer lasting than our isolated times of sadness.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) it is estimated that 1 out of 10 Americans are clinically depressed. The median age of those being depressed is 32 years old. As many as two times the number of women versus men are depressed. The most likely to be depressed according to the National Institute of Mental Health are women ages 45-64, being Afro-American, Hispanic, mixed racial background, having less of a high school education, previously married, unable to work/disabled, unemployed and those without health insurance. Another interesting fact is that depression is the major cause of disability in the US ages 15 through 44!

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America found that it is not uncommon to treat those who suffer from depression and from anxiety. Approximately 1/2 of those with depression also have an anxiety disorder. The brain is an incredible organ, but also very sensitive to alterations in biochemistry which can have profound effects on behavior


 “Clinical” depression is also known as major depression. Generally a person would be considered depressed if at least 5 of the 8 criteria below are experienced for more than 2 weeks:

  1. Little interest or pleasure in most activities.
  2. Feeling down, depressed, hopeless nearly every day with thoughts of death and/or suicide
  3. Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or sleeping too much
  4. Feeling tired and fatigued everyday
  5. Poor appetite or overeating. Weight loss or gain.
  6. Feeling bad about yourself or that you are a failure or let yourself or family down, Poor self-esteem.
  7. Trouble concentrating on things like reading or watching TV.
  8. Moving or speaking so slowly or being so fidgety or restless that most people will notice.

Depression significantly impacts a person’s life where they have great difficulty functioning on a daily basis. Most people are incapable of working, go to school or keep up with daily tasks, chores and social activities. Over 90% of those that commit suicide have clinical depression. If you or someone needs help call the National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Our mission is to help inform and educate the public about alternative treatments that are less invasive and employ more natural therapeutics. We in no way are suggesting that regular medical treatments should not be sought and with some conditions we will suggest a referral to the appropriate specialist.

We wish to provide hope to those people suffering and especially to those with chronic conditions. It is our purpose to provide you with knowledge that is helpful and can provide better health.

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Arizona Family Health Centre
2430 W Ray Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224‎
(480) 732-091