Preventing Anxiety and Depression

Preventing Anxiety and Depression

How common is depression?

1. More than 264 million people suffer from depression worldwide. (World Health Organization, 2020)

2. Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world. (World Health Organization, 2020)

3. Neuropsychiatric disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. with major depressive disorder being the most common. (National Institute of Mental Health, 2013)

Depression statistics in America

1. 17.3 million adults (7.1% of the adult population) have had at least one major depressive episode. (National Institute of Mental Health, 2017)

2. Of those with major depressive episodes, 63.8% of adults and 70.77% of adolescents had severe impairment. (National Institute of Mental Health, 2017)

3. Women are nearly twice as likely as men to have depression. (Centers for Disease Control, 2017)

4. Major depressive episodes were most prevalent among adults (11.3%) and adolescents (16.9%) reporting two or more races. (National Institute of Mental Health, 2017)

5. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.

How common is Anxiety?

Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the US every year. 18.1% of the population. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable yet only 36.9% receive treatment. (Anxiety and Depression Association of America)

These statistics are truly incredible. A staggering truth. Anxiety is a mental emotional and physical condition. It usually presents as a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease, typically about an upcoming event or the uncertainty of something in the future. Anxiety can present in a number of emotional and physical ways. A number of factors such as genetics, personality, trauma, life circumstances, and physical health can all contribute to developing anxiety. Doppler therapy understands what it is like to deal with depression and anxiety and understands which proactive steps to take in order to combat this reality. Most people would agree that the first step to change is taking that initial leap. Understanding that sustainable change is in direct control of the individual, is the key to making the necessary adjustments to manage negative feelings and ultimately leading a healthy, productive life. Depression and Anxiety can often feel like a deadweight. A heavy burden carried on weakening shoulders. How then does one begin to shake the feelings that they are so used to having, to graduate to a healthier and better functioning state of mind? The answer dwells in the simplicity of our most basic actions. All of the things that are known to keep us healthy are also extremely helpful for battling mental struggles. Eating healthy, staying physically active, meditation, making time for relaxation, and doing activities that we find enjoyable, can all be very helpful at combating these disorders. Making sure to check in with ourselves and creating space to engage in healthy activities that fuel our ambitions, desires, and goals. It isn't always as simple as following these steps, but they can be a helpful start. Navigating these waters without the help of a skilled professional is possible in some situations, although having someone to speak with on a regular basis can be extremely helpful. Doppler therapy provides you with the guidance and tools for self-discovery and mastery, distinguishing old from new, yesterday from today, and making each day better than the last. The therapists at Doppler are some of the greatest in their field. As a client of Doppler, we make sure you are most comfortable despite the moments of discomfort that are expected with any form of positive growth. Take the first step and see for yourself that the best is yet to come.

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