This week in May is dedicated to promoting awareness of Anxiety and Depression, which impact millions of people living in the United States. Through sharing information and helping others understand the impact of Anxiety and Depression, we help reduce the stigma surrounding these mental health needs, promote access to treatment, and create spaces that support those who are struggling.
Facts about Depression
- In 2017, an estimated 17.3 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode; that’s 7.1% of all adults in the US! A major depressive episode means that a person experienced a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities, and had related symptoms such as problems with sleeping, eating, energy, concentration, or self-worth for at least two-weeks. (1)
- In the same year, an estimated 3.2 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode. That’s 13.3% of the U.S. population aged 12 to 17. (1)
- Depression disorders are affected by a complex set of factors, including trauma, genetics, life circumstances, brain changes, other medical conditions, and substance use. (2)
- Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. (3)
Facts about Anxiety
- Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. They affect 40 million adults (18.1% of adults) in the United States every year. (3)
- Anxiety disorders affect 25.1% of children between 13 and 18 years old. Research shows that children with untreated anxiety disorders are at a higher risk for poor school performance, missing out on important social experiences, and engaging in substance abuse. (3)
- Anxiety disorders are affected by a range or risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. (3)
How You Can Help
One challenge that often affects people experiencing Anxiety, Depression, or other mental health disorders, is that these disorders can show up in “invisible” ways; this means that other people may not be able to visually notice the symptoms or their effects. It is important for us to listen to those around us, to believe their experiences, and to trust that their symptoms are real. This is part of the vital work of being an ally, helping end mental health stigma, and ensuring that those we love have the opportunity and the ability to access the support they need.
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of Anxiety or Depression, contact C.H.E.R.I.I.S.H. Counseling to inquire about how equine-assisted therapy or individual, group, or family therapy can support your wellness journey.
- 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)