(Williamsburg, VA) - More than 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression.
So why don't we talk about it more?
Genesis Counseling Center is working to change that by participating in World Health Day April 7. This year's theme is "Depression: Let's Talk" emphasizing the importance of de-stigmatizing and opening up communication about depression.
What is depression?
Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.
Who is affected?
Depression is a common mental disorder that affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. Three groups are disproportionally affected: adolescents and young adults, women of childbearing age (particularly following childbirth) and older adults (over 60).
The risk of becoming depressed is increased by poverty, unemployment, life events such as the death of a loved one or a relationship break-up, physical illness and problems caused by alcohol and drug use.
How is depression treated?
Depression can be effectively prevented and treated. Treatment usually involves either a talking therapy or antidepressant medication or a combination of these.
Genesis Counseling Center is ready to help you and your loved ones start talking about depression. For more information on depression call our Williamsburg Office at 757-564-3100 or visit us online at www.GenesisCounselingCenter.com.
Genesis Counseling Center is an outpatient counseling center offering a wide-array of services such as treatment for anxiety, depression, marriage counseling, autism and more. With five locations serving the Hampton Roads community - Chesapeake, Harborview/Suffolk, Williamsburg, Yorktown/Newport News and Hampton, Genesis strives to provide a safe and comfortable environment that helps individuals overcome hardships and live life to the fullest.
This item was posted by a community contributor.