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Depression: Who Does It Affect?

girl with depression sitting alone on the floor in the dark room

Depression can affect anybody in Edmonton; young or old, rich or poor, man or woman. In fact, about one in eight Canadians will be affected by major or clinical depression (diagnosed by a professional) in their lifetime. However, many people never seek treatment for their depression fearing that they will be seen as weak or they are embarrassed to admit there is a problem.

But there is no shame in having depression. It is a serious medical condition that can be managed with a combination of counselling treatments and, sometimes, medication. Getting treatment is important. It will significantly improve the daily functioning of life for children, teens, adults, and seniors experiencing depression. Talking openly, without any stigma is key. Who is affected by depression? According to Statistics Canada, women, children, and older adults are at the highest risk for developing depression. It is often brought on by significant life changes, such as the loss of a loved one or a job change, regular life changes such as starting university or a big move, or physical changes such as hormonal imbalances or the onset of an illness. Also, certain beliefs about depression can affect the way people deal with it. For example, people from some cultures notice more of the physical symptoms of depression and only think of the emotional ones when a professional asks them. Here is a brief look at how depression affects Canadians:

  • At any given time, almost three million Canadians have clinical depression, but less than one-third seek help.

  • Once depression is recognized, treatment will make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular lives.

  • More than a quarter of a million Canadian youth—6.5% of people between 15 and 24—experience major depression each year.

  • Depression is diagnosed twice as much in women than it is in men.

  • One-third of people with a prolonged physical illness experience depression.

  • There is a direct link between depression and problem substance use.

  • Around 7% of seniors 65 and up have some symptoms of clinical depression.

  • Aboriginal people, on and off-reserve, may also have higher rates of depression, from 12–16% in a year, or about double the Canadian average.

Resolving your depression in Edmonton Through depression counselling, the team at Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. have helped thousands of patients navigate their way out of depression. If you have been suffering from depressive thoughts, call our office in Edmonton at 780-433-2269 to schedule an appointment. We can help you get through this difficult time.

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