Major depression a major concern for millions of Americans

Any person who has ever suffered from depression knows that it can affect every single aspect of life, from jobs and personal relationships to health and well-being. For some, depression is something people experience in conjunction with other serious illnesses or injuries; for others depression by itself can prove to be disabling.

In either case, it is important to understand that depression is both common and treatable. However, it is crucial that sufferers and their families take the steps necessary to seek help and get the medical treatment.

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 8 percent of people over the age of 12 struggle with depression during any given two-week period in the U.S. About 8 million people on average visit the hospital or their doctors with a depressive disorder as their primary concern every year. Thousands of these people will spend about a week in the hospital.

Treatment for depression varies widely and depends heavily on the individual, other conditions and responsiveness to certain medications. For some people, an anti-depressant and counseling may help; for others, surgery and more invasive procedures may be necessary. There are also alternative medical treatments, exercise programs and many other options for alleviating the symptoms and the severity of depression.

However, the illness itself can make it all but impossible for a person to ask for the help they need. Further, people can withdraw from things like relationships and jobs which can make it enormously difficult for them to seek the resources that are available to help them through such a trying time.

If you know someone who is struggling with depression, you should understand that this condition can be disabling. As is the case with any type of disabling mental condition, there is help available. Discussing treatment options with a doctor and financial support options with an attorney with your loved one can be important steps toward recovery and healthier living.