Depression is among the most often diagnosed mental disorders in the U.S. In 2015, an estimated 16.1 million adults were diagnosed with depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, these findings represent 6.7% of all U.S. adults.
Depression affects many people, and it comes in many forms. Major Depressive Disorder is characterized by extremely low moods lasting for approximately two weeks, whereas Persistent Depressive Disorder involves less severe symptoms lasting at least two years. Postpartum Depressive Disorder occurs after a woman delivers a baby, and Seasonal Affective Disorder occurs during certain seasons of the year (usually fall and winter, but it does sometimes occur during spring and summer months).
Many of us are familiar with the general symptoms: low mood, irritability, loss of interest, fatigue, restlessness, feelings of hopelessness, aches and pains, difficulty sleeping, and changes in appetite. Our society is learning how to identify depression and treat it, but much of depression is abstract and elusive, and treating it can still be challenging.
If you or a loved one suffers from depression, we recommend that you contact a doctor. Perhaps medication, like antidepressants, and/or talk therapy may be necessary.
In the meantime, we recommend trying a weighted blanket. Much like the way a hug promotes an increased production of serotonin and dopamine, a weighted blanket uses deep touch therapy to produce a similar response. Because of this response, weighted blankets could help stabilize moods and treat depression. While we would not recommend that you swap medication for weighted therapy (or make any changes in medication without talking to your doctor), we believe that they should be used along with antidepressants or even as a first step into therapy. There are lots of tools to help you get better; we recommend you combine them. You could even take your blanket with you to therapy sessions. Therapists are already starting to use them in their offices.
During hard days and low moods, a Couch Blanket could be a much needed source of comfort and therapy. We invite you to relax, crawl under your blanket, and receive all the soothing power it has to offer. We believe that therapy is soft and that you are CapeAble.