With the changing season, shorter days, and stress about the upcoming holidays … it’s easy to feel “blue” or sad now and then. When these feelings don’t pass within a few days, it’s called depression.
DEPRESSION AWARENESS MONTH
Clinical depression or depressive disorder can interfere with daily life and normal functioning, causing pain for both the person and those who deeply care for him or her. It’s common in the elderly. In fact, late-life depression affects about 6-million Americans. But only 10% seek treatment.
Depression may be triggered by malfunctioning nerve cell connections in the brain. It’s also highly treatable. The latest medical studies confirm that moods may be elevated with good health habits like eating a balanced diet, regular exercise, talking about how you feel, and taking time out for relaxation.
This time of holiday expectations can spell trouble for anyone, but especially those prone to depression. Remember to focus on yourself, surround yourself with friends and have a few laughs … which are all plentiful at University Village.