Depression affects so many Americans but it is still one of the medical conditions that receives the least amount of treatment largely due to the stigma associated with it and how others can judge or make snide remarks about your mental health.
It can be difficult to fully realize you are suffering from depression. In fact, many people have to learn of the possibility from their friends and family who understand that something just doesn’t seem right. But for those who are not feeling quite themselves, it is important to get the proper medical attention as soon as possible. Oftentimes your general physician will be able to deal with the initial diagnosis and proposed treatment before they have to refer you to a specialist.
If you are worried about affording the medical treatment, know that you may be able to secure Social Security Disability benefits for debilitating cases of depression or you may be able to find mental health care that works on a sliding scale payment basis.
Realize that depression can lead to a whole series of other problems including violence on the job, loss of income, or increased and more serious episodes of depression or other mental health conditions so early treatment is necessary.