Over Half Of People With Depression Do Not Recognize Need For Treatment

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By Kirsten Cowart

It seems as though you are hearing about depression more frequently than ever before. I suspect though that depression rates are not necessarily increasing, but your awareness of it is. The old stigmas about mental illness and depression are falling away and more people are getting in touch with their emotions and seeking holistic healing.

With that being said, there is still a problem found with depression where people feel that they do not need help.

There are probably many reasons for this. First and foremost is that when you are depressed, you more than likely have lost a lot of your will to reach out for help or to seek self-help tools. Your motivation and moral are worn down and it becomes a struggle just to function, let alone reach out to anyone.

There is also the possibility that people don’t trust the system for treating depression that our society currently has. They may also want to avoid being put on antidepressants or may struggle finding the money they need to get help.

For one reason or another, it is hard for lots of people to see light in the darkness and reach out when they need it most.

There Is Always HOPE

What we hope to help people realize is that, if any of those reasons above are yours, then it is important for you to know that there ARE tools and help available to you that will give you what you need to pull through and heal. Tools such as proper nutrition, exercise, yoga and mindfulness meditation are some of the things that can help give you the boost you need to reach out for professional help or simply the help of a friend.  

There is no harm in asking someone close to you for help. Becoming vulnerable in your relationships is one of the biggest keys of connection and reaching the core of an issue and truly recovering. There is a reason you are feeling worn down, sad, or depressed and it isn’t something that you should compartmentalize or ignore.  

Research has shown that HALF of people with depression do not recognize the need or ask for help.

A recent study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto was investigating the mental health of workers and the connection between that and productivity.  

They found that 40% of participants were struggling with significant symptoms of depression. Out of that group, 52.8% didn’t recognize the need for seeking help.  Similar statistics have been found in the U.S. as well.

If You See Someone Struggling, Reach Out

If you are stable and you notice that a friend of yours is struggling, please, reach out. Gently encourage them to go with you on your morning walk, start a yoga challenge together, or go shopping for healthy food. Connection is a HUGE part of healing and is one of the key starters for people suffering to find the help they need. Remember, no one is in this alone – we’re in this together.

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Kirsten Cowart is a writer and researcher that has worked in the spiritual, mental health and medical fields.Kirsten enjoys studying and experiencing the benefits of yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbalism, organic gardening and alternative health.She worked hard in 2014 losing over 40 lbs. and has since maintained a healthy lifestyle.Follow her to learn more about her journey on Twitter, Facebook & Youtube!
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