Though it may feel like it, if you are struggling with Depression, you are not alone. One of the symptoms of depression is feeling alone and isolated from others. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reported that about 16.1 million adults aged 18 years or older in the U.S. had experienced at least one major depressive episode in the last year, which represented 6.7 percent of the adult American population. Here in Portland, Oregon the data indicates that even more people struggle with depression compared to the average American city.
The numbers are more staggering when you factor how many of these individuals are seeking help. Only one third of those diagnosed seek help for depression—this also does not factor in the totality of people who have not been diagnosed. Some of the barriers to seeking help include: concerns over the stigma of having a mental health issues (and that’s hard because it’s relatively normal), the notion that we should be able to fix ourselves, or guilt in asking for help and feeling like a burden. Another reason why we don’t ask for help is a systemic issue—the economy and finances.
Cost is the biggest barrier to seeking help for depression.
According to Psychology Today, almost half (47.7 percent) of those diagnosed with depression do not seek help due to assumptions about the cost of treatment. This reasoning ranks over other barriers such as not wanting to burden others, or not knowing how to seek help. Some of the pessimistic assumptions over cost are symptoms of depression itself, which causes pessimistic thinking. When we are feeling low, sad, or hopeless, we may not feel like ANYTHING will work.
Is help with depression affordable?
Help with depression is affordable and you do not need insurance. In fact, at Mindful Healing Portland, LLC, we accept clients on a sliding scale based on your budget and needs. Part of our mission is to provide high-quality care without adding undue financial stress to our clients. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates.
Why get help for depression?
Depression is a treatable condition. Mood can improve—helping you feel better, and improve energy, health, relationships, and quality of life as a whole. If that’s not enough reason, consider that depression is the number one cause of disability in the United States. Untreated mental health issues are associated with increased mortality rates, heart health issues, digestive issues, and increases in chronic pain. Reaching out for help, either by getting professional support or reaching out to someone you trust, is an important step in overcoming the isolating feeling of depression. Feeling alone and burdensome is a common symptom of depression and paradoxically asking for help can aid in in feeling less burdensome and less lonely.
If you live in Portland or the Portland area and want information or help with Depression,
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