There is a generalized stigma that gets associated with a mental health disorder that is plaguing more and more people every year; depression. People generally tend to think that those with depression are unsafe or hazardous or that they will somehow ‘catch it” by being around the person who is dealing with depression. Fortunately that is not how depression works.
Depression is like a deep seeded feeling of sadness that makes all of your efforts seem fruitless and it makes the effort required to just live seem overwhelming. One key factor to keep in mind when talking about and dealing with depression is that it presents itself differently in different people.
This stigma against people suffering from depression has its roots in an unknown source. It is thought to have derived from a combination of media, social feelings and the feelings of family members of those with depression.
The ADAA states that 16.1 million adults in the United States are depressed. That number is 6.7% of the adults, this problem has become far more serious than many realize. With the healthcare and insurance system in such a flux it can be difficult to find help.
There exist amazing services like text-based Talkspace. Talkspace is a service that does a fairly standard intake and matches you up with a licensed and board-certified mental healthcare professional that will truly listen to you and connect with you and help you deal with your depression.
The therapists that treat mental health issues are as unique as the clients themselves. One of the therapists that work at Talkspace is Alicia Winkle. Her career began with the intentions of becoming a nurse practitioner but after dealing with some anxiety issues of her own she decided from then on that she wanted to help people overcome their own obstacles.