Depression is a very common and complex psychiatric disorder that is estimated to affect between six to nine percent of the overall US population each year. Potentially more alarming is that there is growing evidence to suggest that the number (i.e., incidence) of people qualifying for a diagnosis of depression may actually be rising. It is for this reason that it is all the more important that society find ways to better identify and deal with precipitating factors leading to the development of depression on the one hand, as well as finding better ways to manage and treat the disorder once it develops on the other.
First and foremost, it is important to understand that depression is not a single all-encompassing psychiatric condition. It presents itself in a variety of forms. Among these are Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Bipolar One/two Disorder, Dysthymia, Post-Partum Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (See, for example, blog posted to this site dated 1/10/17).
Depression is prevalent in people of all ages, races and creeds, but, not surprisingly, for different reasons because the values and expectations people place on the things that are important to them change over the course of a person’s lifetime. It is, however, more prevalent in women than men.
Not surprisingly, depression can have profound effects of an individual’s health, scholastic and job performance, ability to form and maintain important interpersonal relationships and overall outlook on life. For some, depression can lead to thoughts of or actual attempts at suicide.
There are many reasons why people become depressed. For example, in children and young adults, difficulties keeping up with scholastic demands, physical attributes, social acceptance and bullying have all been identified as factors that can and have lead to depression. Later in life, such things as finding and maintaining a job or career, finding a mate, being able to support oneself or his/her family can all have profound impacts on a person’s perceptions of self-worth and well-being. In later life, health issues become more prevalent and can have a significant impact on a person’s independence, well-being and overall quality of life. For some of the elderly, failure to achieve goals earlier in life can also undermine their sense of self-worth and negatively impact their ability to enjoy their later years.
The main avenues for treatment of depression are psychotherapy alone and/or in combination with a host of medications that are specifically designed to ameliorate many of the symptoms of depression. However, not all people respond as well as they would like and some are treatment resistant.
It is because of all of the above that depression continues to be a very active area of research effort. For example, as noted in a blog previously posted on this site on April 1st of this year, significant advances in our understanding of how depression affects the brain are being made. This and other findings help medical science and the pharmaceutical industry to focus their efforts on strategies that may have a better likelihood of yielding successful results in the future. There are also a number of ongoing Clinical Trials For Depression, as well as Bipolar Clinical Trials that are currently focusing on the depression that have the potential of helping people with depression or help the pharmaceutical industry in their attempts to develop better, more effective treatment to depression sooner. Excellent ways to learn more about participation is Clinical Trails For Depression or Bipolar Clinical Trials you can contact SPRI Clinical Trials Brooklyn directly or access such sites as ClinicalTrials.gov or centerwatch.com to learn where there are clinical trials looking for participants in your area.