Why do so Many People Experience Depression and Mood Issues?
The NIMH estimates that more than 16 million people (6.7 percent of the adult U.S. population) and approximately 12.5 percent of U.S. teens are depressed. Depression can develop from a complex combination of factors including genetics, gut health, physical health, brain chemistry, environmental stressors, anxiety, trauma, and resilience level. Depression can look very different in children versus adults and from person to person. Some individuals may start to become internalizers. This means that they will show signs of withdrawal and have lower affect behaviors. Other individuals may become externalizers and express themselves with outward signs of agitation and anger. Some people may have physical pain or physical symptoms that result from depression. It also isn’t unusual for a person to experience long-term anxiety before experiencing depression.