Many people have the misconception that depression is a white man's disease. It is not. Black people also suffer from depression but are more reluctant to talk about it or seek help. Even billionaire Oprah Winfrey had to overcome depression, and her being famous was not a cure!
Depression affects millions -- rich and poor
According to the Centers For Disease Control, 1 in 20 Americans age 12 years and older suffer from a mental disease called depression. It's not just feeling sad; it's both sadness and hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities that used to be pleasurable.
In severe cases, depression can lead to trouble at school or loss of a job, relationship problems, and even early death. CDC also reports that more females report depression than males.
How Oprah dealt with depression
Depression can also affect eating habits and lead to weight gain, which is what happened to Oprah. Her frequent weight fluctuations were an indication of depression and suppressing her feelings. Being in television and film, Oprah experienced both successes and failures, like ratings that were down. It was during these times when she resorted to food for comfort that she recognized she had depression.
Her cure was to practice gratitude, being thankful for what you have, not what you don't have. As Oprah's explains, “Because, it’s hard to remain sad if you’re focused on what you have instead of what you don’t have.” And she has a lot to be thankful for. Her advice is not to "put all of your hopes, expectations, eggs" in one basket. Do the best you can and let "whatever happens, happens.”
More helpful tips on how to fight depression
Talk about it -- join a support group.
Learn to relax through relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises.
Build a support system with friends and family who can help you.
Learn more about fighting depression by visiting www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/depression/treatment