Research reveals that in 2015, about 3 million teenagers all around the world between the ages of 12 and 17 had at least one depressive episode throughout the year. Depression causes people to lose their pleasure and joy of life and can bring with it complicated medical conditions and can even lead to suicide for very extreme cases. Out of the estimated 17.5 million Americans are affected by some form of depression, from simple to more complicated forms, 9.2 million have major or clinical depression.
According to statistics, 10% of the population of any country has depression as a major mental illness at some point of the citizens’ lives.
Even so, the major causes of depression have not been pinpointed specifically through research and are very contingent to a person’s environment, emotional well-being and the background of the person. Biological factors that cause depression include physical changes to the brain as some part of the patient’s brain shows less activity than normal when stimulated and in some rare cases the blame even reducing volume, a central nervous system disruption in neurotransmitters that inhibits the release of major enzymes like serotonin and finally, hormones may also trigger depression. Other environmental factors causing depression include childhood trauma in children and teens, death of a loved one, loss of employment, financial instability, highly stressed seasons in life and are rare learning experience of helplessness found in teens. Other gender-related depression courses include pregnancy especially to do with postpartum depression, menopause also causes depression because of changes in hormone and low testosterone levels in men.
Depression treatment varies per patient but they can all be summarized as traditional depression treatment options or exercise and yoga. It has also been observed in other patients that they can get addicted to antidepressants even when you’re not experiencing depression as in some sort of way as a stress reliever.
When exercises are introduced in daily routine many people report tremendous changes in attitude and mood. While there are many exercise solutions available in the Internet and in many fitness facilities, many people are to yoga because of its addition relaxation benefits.
In Australia there are several e-mental health programs such as MyCompass that are widely available and have been proven time and time again to reduce depression and anxiety symptoms significantly. The evidence is compelling and scientifically proven to be safe, accessible and not invasive to person’s private space. Treating depression doesn’t have to be a crisis management has this can be avoided way before through building a societal culture that embraces openness, physical fitness and self-awareness from young age to enable such people with depression to find solace in due time and prevent many more people from falling into the path of depression. Religion has also proved to be a very important facet in treating depression.