Depressed people usually tend to act differently than others. People who can relate to those who are depressed often wonder why they act like they do or why they get depressed so often.
Miranda Morris, a child specialist at Helix School District, says, “There’s a lot of reasons, sometimes it just comes down to genetics, I’m pretty sure it (depression) can be hereditary.”
Around 20 percent of teens experience depression before they become adults. Of all people who are depressed, 60 percent of people who suffer from depression are not treated for it. Because so many people are untreated for their depression, they may try to find a solution to their problems themselves which is where some people end up self-medicating.
Many people have seen what alcohol and drugs have done to others. They will almost always say that they don’t remember what happened or remember what they did and with that perceived benefit, they are trying to forget their problems. Some people may get violent, while others may be calm and friendly but either way, the drugs and alcohol still mess with people’s heads the same. “(Drugs) makes them forget, makes them not remember what’s going on,“ said Dominic Steinmetz, a high school student at Helix.
When people get depressed, their way of life can change a lot. Even the way they see daily activities. Steinmetz says, “One of the ways you would feel, is it feels like you're doing the same thing over and over again, and it feels like nothing is correct.”
Thinking about how we can help those who are depressed is not the same as actually helping them. Certain people react to depression differently, so some people may need a different way to deal with it than others. “It's hard to say because I can't just make a blanket statement like if you have depression I suggest you do this because it varies and looks differently for everybody," said Morris. Having depression can be a real struggle for some people, while for others it can be relatively easy to deal with and to get through without professional help.
There’s a wide variety of options available for dealing with depression. Options include intensive therapy, animal therapy (often equine therapy, but also some involving small animals such as dogs or cats), and a variety of medications. Treatments could even just be some basic lifestyle changes that are painless to implement, such as going for a walk or meditating. Morris says, “Therapy, and medication (are main treatments), so some people do just therapy, some people do a combination of therapy and medication and some people do just medications, some people find they can cope with it without either of them.”
By understanding how depressed people suffer from this disorder and how their minds work, we can help save hundreds of lives around the world, whether they are young or old.