Did you know that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide? Approximately 280 million people, or an estimated one in six people, will experience depression at some time in their life.
While depression can occur at any time, it often first appears during the late teens to mid-20s. Unfortunately, many people don't receive the right treatment for their depression.
At Horizon, we want to make sure you know that help is available if you need it. Most importantly, if you or someone you know is thinking about — or has attempted — suicide, immediately seek help from your doctor or call the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
Know the Signs of Depression
Recognizing the signs of depression is key to getting help. Talk to your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms for more than two weeks:
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Digestive problems that don't get better, even with treatment
- Extreme fatigue
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness or irritability
- Sleep problems, like insomnia, restlessness or sleeping too much
- Loss of interest in things you once found pleasurable
- Overeating or appetite loss
- Feelings of pessimism and hopelessness
- An increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., inability to sit still, pacing, handwringing) or slowed movements or speech (these actions must be severe enough to be observable by others)
- Sadness and emptiness
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
Don't Ignore How You Feel
While it is normal to experience a range of emotions, don't ignore persistent feelings of sadness, worry, pessimism or other signs of depression — and don't try to explain them away. Often these symptoms will not go away on their own and may get worse over time. That's why reaching out for help is so important. We are here for you, 24/7, to connect you to services and programs to help support you and your family.
If you think you have depression, don't suffer alone. Depression is treatable. In-person and virtual help is available. To find a health care professional who specializes in treating depression, go to the Horizon Behavioral Health home page, scroll down to “Find a Behavioral Health Provider” then:
- Select “Behavioral Health Provider” under Type of Care.
- Select your Horizon health plan under Plans Accepted.
- Select “Depression” under Area of Clinical Expertise.