October Is Depression Awareness Month

What Is Depression?

Depression is a brain disorder and a state of mind. The umbrella of depression includes: bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome, anxiety disorder and suicide. 

What Is Depression Awareness Month? Why is it important?

Depression Awareness Month is an annual observed month. The month of October brings awareness to Depression as people communicate. Talking about depression and removing the stigma can help bring awareness and help others understand the disorder. The month of October is focused on encouraging those struggling with Depression to reach out.

Types Of Depression

  • Major depressive disorder
  • Persistent depressive disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Seasonal depression
  • Postpartum depression
  • Psychotic depression

How Can You Recognize Depression?

Depression can be different depending on the age and gender of the individual. However, there are some common symptoms that many share:

  • Unexplained sadness
  • No motivation or energy
  • Difficulty concentrating

Who’s At Risk?

According to The Mental Health First Aid, depression can affect anyone; however, there are some populations at higher risk. It is said that depression is more common in women than in men. In addition, depression may co-occurs with anxiety or substance use disorders.

Facts About Depressive Disorder

  • Depression has different triggers
  • Depression can be genetic
  • Depression affects our physical body
  • Exercise can be used as a way to cope with depression
  • Depression affects over 18 million adults
  • Depression is the number one reason why someone commits suicide

If you or anyone you know are suffering with depression and live in the Chicagoland area or Illinois, feel free to call Olive Branch Counseling Associates at (708) 633-8000 and talk to a professional.


Graduate Intern


Understanding Depression: What It Is, Who Is at Risk and Where to Find Support. (2018, July

            18). Retrieved from https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/2018/07/Understanding-


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