The World Health Organization lists depression as the leading cause of disability in the world with 350 million suffering worldwide. In the US, 6.9 % of the population is estimated to be affected.

The symptoms of depression include sleep problems, eating problems, lack of energy to do the simplest tasks, and suicidal thoughts. This is not just feeling a little blue. This is not just disappointment with a bad day or outcome. This is when it is impossible to carry on with normal life.

In 20 years, members of Health Pursuits have dealt with depression many times. Society is quick to blame depression on life events but some people can cope with terrible times while others cannot. Why is this?

As always we looked at depression from all angles, upside down and sideways. 🙂

The good news is that simple strategies can help immensely. You might need help in implementing them at first but, in many instances, the improvements are very quick. Positive social contact is always important whether you are depressed or not.

This is not to say that there are people whose depression is resistant but simple things are definitely worth trying.

Since May is Mental Health month, we are showing related videos April 11, May 9 and June 6, 7 pm at Isabel Turner Library while the Community Foundation of Greater Kingston is having a speaker series on May 8.

For more support more, go to the web site www.healthpursuitsgroup.com to read the general strategies or to join us on the healthpursuitschatgroup for $25.