October was National Depression Education & Awareness Month!

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 16.2 million adults in the U.S. suffer from major depressive disorder. As a result, suicide is the third major cause of death for those aged 15 to 24 and is continuing to rise. Depression is defined as: “A complex condition that can affect people no matter the age, gender, race, or life situation. It’s a chemical imbalance in the human brain that needs immediate medical attention.” Depression is also difficult on the victim’s family and friends.

For those who have never experienced depression, it is tough for them to comprehend. There isn’t always an obvious problem in that person’s life that would make them feel depressed. It is so important to get the conversation flowing and always be aware that this is an issue. It may be a little uncomfortable at first, but being there for people in times of need can save lives.

You can spread the word about the negative effects of depression, simply using #depressionawareness on social media. If you or your family have stories, you can share with those that you trust and end up connecting with people that have similar stories.

  1. Depression has different triggers.It can stem from a major life event, or can come without any recognizable “cause” at all.
  2. Some depression is genetic, but not all. The genetic predisposition to depression is becoming better and better understood every day.
  3. It affects your physical body. Frequent headaches, stomach issues, or any other physical symptoms along with mental symptoms are common for those with depression.
  4. Depressed people may not look depressed. It’s called the hidden illness for a reason. Some people are good at masking their depression with upbeat and cheerful attitudes.
  5. Exercise can help manage depression, because it releases endorphins and improves your mood.


  • Depressed mood
  • Loss of pleasure in activities
  • Weight loss/gain
  • Appetite change
  • Trouble sleeping or oversleeping
  • Fatigue and energy loss
  • Lack of concentration
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Guilt or feeling worthless

Gravity Diagnostics offers pharmacogenomic testing, which can help individuals suffering from depression find the right medication for them based on their genetic make-up. For more information, visit www.gravitydiagnostics.com, or call (855) 841-7111.