The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) urges us to observe May as Mental Health Awareness Month, but they, along with other mental health professionals, understand that depression and anxiety are topics that must be discussed daily.
Details of Depression
Sadly, there is a lot of data about depression and anxiety. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that there are over 264 million people around the world who suffer from depression. But do not let these statistics get you down. See the encouragement in knowing you are not alone as a silver lining.
In Nevada, 14.3% of the Medicare population struggle with depression. The Age-Adjusted Death Rate-Suicide Rate as of 2018 was 20.8, well above the national average. Perhaps the most troubling statistic is that in this same time period, the suicide rate of kids ages 0-19 was up by 11.9%.
The situation may seem bleak in Las Vegas, but Desert Parkway is here to help.
Look for the Signs
There is absolutely no doubt that depression and anxiety is a scary situation for everyone involved. Sufferers can become very good at putting on a brave face and covering what is destroying them. We look at celebrity examples like Robin Williams or Anthony Bourdain and think “They seemed so happy and together. How can I recognize it?”
Try to be observant, and then be diligent. Do not be afraid to ask for advice from a mental health professional, like through the Desert Parkway assessment procedure and admissions process.
If you see a drastic change in personality, that is a pretty clear indication that something is bothering them, but most of the time the signs are more subtle, which can include:
- Disrupted sleeping patterns - always fatigued and sleeping or insomnia and unable to sleep
- Existing in a fugue - unable to concentrate, make decisions, groggy
- Self-deprecating and defeating - low self-esteem
- Change in appetite - overeating or not eating
- Irritable and easily angered and agitated
- Loss of interest in most things
Dealing with Depression
The treatment of depression and anxiety is as varied as the reasons behind it and the people battling it. By calling the Desert Parkway hotline, an intake professional can help assess the situation and work with you to determine the next best step.
Therapy options include, but are not limited to:
Ditch Depression in the Desert
Depression help in Las Vegas is just around the corner at Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital. If you are concerned about your own behaviors, or those of a loved one, contact us immediately. We are here to help you, your family, and our community.