Depression affects about 1 in 10 adults in the US. It is one of the most debilitating mental health concerns of our modern society. Some research studies have suggested that depression is the leading cause of disability among Americans. Countless numbers of adults are being prescribed antidepressant medications in addition to our youth population (children as young as 7 years old).
Mental health among children and adolescents is becoming a major public concern and many parents are beginning to see signs of depression in their youngsters. Interestingly, research has shown signs of depression in infants as well.
That being said, I would like to share a video of a therapeutic session between a general practitioner and depressed patient. This example provides clear understanding of how depression affects every aspect of life. The doctor in this video is performing what is known as a mental health assessment, which looks for evidence of mental distress or impairment in need of treatment.
If you are experiencing any of the signs exhibited in this video, I encourage you to reach out. Contact your local hospital ER department and ask for referrals to clinics that provide mental health assessments. You may also be able to secure a free initial assessment. As always, post questions and concerns below. They are welcomed.
All the best
©photo credit: Dr. G.S. Makkar
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Last reviewed: 6 Jul 2013