An In-Depth Look At Depression And How It Can Affect You (INFOGRAPHIC)

When I heard about Robin Williams’ death earlier this week, I couldn’t help but think about the numerous ways depression can affect our lives. Even nowadays, depression is a taboo subject, and when we mention it, we have so many misconceptions that we usually don’t understand the whole picture.

It can affect people in different ways

This debilitating disease can affect anyone but in completely different manners. Depending on the type of depression a person is affected with, they will experience diverse symptoms at various levels. And when their symptoms are at their worst, suicide can seem the only option. Sometimes, life is so hard to live that they can’t take it anymore and choose the ultimate liberation.

It shouldn’t be swept under the rug

Each year, 17 to 20 million Americans develop depression, and 9.2 million of them suffer from major or clinical depression. That’s why it shouldn’t be swept under the rug anymore. To avoid a tragedy like the one that hit us this week, we have to talk about it and demystify this terrible and complex disorder so we can offer support to those who need it.

We have to start paying attention

Depression and suicide are too often trivialized. Some will say that the person suffering from depression is not strong enough to overcome those dreadful feelings, or that this is only in their mind. But depression is a real pathology, and the symptoms are all too real. We need to start paying attention and see beyond the smiling face to detect the signs screaming at us.

Some information to help you understand

The infographic below, created by Military Pathways, is full of information about depression in men, women, and adolescents. It will help you understand this illness better to be able to help and support people affected by it. It is time to start dealing with the reality of depression and do something about it. By doing so, fewer persons will see suicide as the only solution.

Click on infographic to enlarge

What is Depression and how does it affect you?
Source: visual.ly

Photo credit: blameless-eyes/Flickr

 

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11 thoughts on “An In-Depth Look At Depression And How It Can Affect You (INFOGRAPHIC)

  1. Fantastic post! I couldn’t agree more, there’s just no reason why this should be taboo anymore. If people were more at ease talking (and not feeling scrutinized) maybe we wouldn’t have as many of these tragedies. Thanks for sharing! #ibabloggers

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    1. Hi Heather!

      That’s why I wanted to write on the subject, so that people know that they are not alone and can be confident to share their experience with others.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  2. What an excellent infographic! Thanks for posting on this subject. The topic of mental illness is frequently avoided in society as well as in intimate conversation. I believe this silence is what kills people. Mental illness needs to be brought into the light in order to shed the shame that it often brings. People who struggle with mental illness can suffer from immense fear: fear of judgement, fear of stigma, and often fear of themselves and what they will do in their darkest moments. It is important to raise awareness and not be afraid to talk about it if we have any hope of victory.

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      1. Hi Brittany!

        I am really glad you liked it and I hope that this article will raise awareness like you said. We have to stop being ashamed of what we feel and support each other, whatever how sick the person is..

        Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it! 🙂

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  3. Thank you for the infograph! I pinned it! Depression effects so many of us at one time or another. It is definitely a real health problem. It’s good to share the information with others 🙂 #ibabloggers

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  4. Hi TIna!

    This is true that depression affects many of us at one point or another in our lives! By sharing this, we’ll raise awareness and break the wall of taboo that exists for mental illness.

    Thanks for stopping by and for pinning it! 🙂

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    1. Hi Joanne!

      Thanks for the kind words! We are more aware of what happens to celebrity because it is publicized! The truth is that anybody can be hit by depression. Depression doesn’t discriminate!

      I really appreciate you stopping by! 🙂

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    1. Hi Mommy’s Kitchen,

      Welcome to my site! I’m glad you agree with me. I firmly think that speaking about this will help the persons affected by mental illness.

      Thanks for stopping by! Come back often! 🙂

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