Not Just the Blues!
October is National Depression Awareness and Education Month
Depression and African American Women
Life is full of joy and pain, happiness and sorrow. It is normal to feel sad when a loved one dies, or when you are sick, going through a divorce, or having financial problems. But for some people, the sadness does not go away, or keeps coming back. If your “blues” lasts more than a few weeks or cause you to struggle with daily life, you may be suffering from clinical depression.
“Depression doesn’t lift at the end of the day or disappear when others try to cheer us up. When feelings of helplessness and depression worsen and grow into a full-blown clinical depression, it is truly an illness, not a character flaw or insignificant bout with the blues.”
Meri Nana-Ama Danquah: Willow Weep for Me
Clinical depression is a “whole- body” illness. It affects your mood, thoughts, body and behavior. Depression changes the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself, symptoms can last for weeks, months or years.
About 19 million Americans have depression. It can happen to anyone, no matter what age you are or where you come from. Depression can make it very hard for you to care for yourself, your family or even hold down a job.
There is hope!
Appropriate treatment, however, can help people who have clinical depression. Depression can be treated and you can feel better!