Depression is a common mental health problem, affecting more than 16 million adults in the United States. Many of them are people with disabilities. Though every differently abled person does not have a depressive disorder, such people face some unique challenges and stresses which put them at heightened risk of depression.
While having a disability in itself could result in an individual experiencing intense challenges in daily lives, when coupled with depression, it could cause constant restlessness, unwarranted fatigue, insomnia and potential risk for suicidal thoughts and actions. Disability is often mistaken for inability, thus, making the person more susceptible to mental health problems such as a depressive disorder. Experts cite the following reasons that may cause people with a disability to exhibit symptoms of depression:
- Uncertainty regarding career goals: Disabilities may be the cause of unforeseen barriers that may add to the difficulty of achieving one’s career goals. The pain of being disabled may lead to a lack of purpose in life. Physical or cognitive impairment causing ineffectiveness in daily activities may lead to depression.
- Low self–esteem: To live with a disability can result in reduced perception of one’s abilities and hence the lack of self-respect. Moreover, the thought of how others discern their impairments may add to the mounting frustration. Depression may be one of the symptoms owing to emotions of helplessness or inadequacy.
- Heartache over career loss: Not all career options can be pursued with certain kinds of disabilities. For example, those suffering from visual impairments may not be allowed to fly an aircraft. Being forced to make a career change or opting for the one that does not worsen existing disabilities may lead to increasing level of dissatisfaction with oneself, thus, resulting in depressed behavior.
- Struggle to make a living: Earning one’s own bread in this competitive world can be tough. The same becomes more difficult if one has to overcome a difficulty to make a living. While all kinds of job opportunities may not be available to such people, the fear of being dependent on their families may be a major cause of worry or persistent grief for them. Such people are more likely to stay depressed as their idea of dependence stems from their feeling of being unable to work and earn for themselves.
Americans observe the “Disability Pride Month” every year in July. Disability Pride Parades are held across the country to honor and celebrate people with disabilities. Notably, in 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared July as “Disability Pride Month” and hosted a parade in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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According to the 2016 Disability Statistics Annual Report by The Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire, in 2015, only 34.9 percent of disabled Americans aged 18-64 years had been employed compared with 76 percent of the able-bodied. Unequal and inadequate employment levels may lead to people with disability feeling increasingly discriminated against and consequently depressed.
Considering that disability is one of the factors leading to depression, it is necessary that mental health care professionals be informed about the same. Depression is treatable and one must not shy from seeking necessary treatment owing to his or her disability. Experts at Sovereign Health not only help people get rid of recurring symptoms of depression but also understand the root cause that led patients to feel worthless and depressed. You may call our 24/7 helpline number 866-973-7164 to know our mental health rehabilitation centers in California offering comprehensive depression treatment. You may also get in touch with our online representatives for more information about our mental health facilities in California.