What Is Depression?
Depression is a common illness that affects millions of people world-wide. This illness can be characterised by spells of low mood, persistent feelings of sadness, and a disinterest in aspects of life that would otherwise be generally enjoyed.
Depression can manifest in a wide range of possible symptoms (including feelings of anxiety), which can vary from person to person. This illness has the potential to develop quickly or gradually. Depression can also be brought on by internal and external factors, such as; life events (home circumstances and/or work & career stresses), past experiences and changes to body chemistry.
Depression can affect anyone, regardless of gender, age and race. However, the good news is that, in most cases, depression can be managed and combated effectively in different ways. There are many different methods for combating and managing symptoms of depression. Most of which can be found on the NHS website – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/clinical-depression/
In many cases, just speaking with an ‘outsider to the problem’ helps to reduce the impacts imposed by symptoms of Depression. In the first instance, we’d advise either speaking with a GP, a family member or a friend, or a helpline such as; Mind or Depression Alliance.
What Are The Signs Of Depression?
Depression has the potential to manifest and present itself in different ways. The signs of depression can be apparent to some but so not obvious to others. It is also completely possible for an individual suffering from depression to not even realise what these signs are signalling. Meaning that they may not even realise that they are in fact depressed and suffering from the symptoms evident with Depression.
As depression has the ability to affect individuals differently (along with its degree of severity), it may be the case that only one or two symptoms are identifiable. However, if you or someone you know appears to be experiencing one of the following symptoms (currently or for some time), depression may be present:
Who Should You Turn To For Help?
If life becomes too much to bear and you feel as if you do not want to live anymore, the need for immediate action becomes more important. Whether you seek the advice, counsel or a general conversation from someone outside of your immediate vicinity, there are people always happy and waiting to talk – just a brief conversation has the potential to alleviate a lot of life’s pressures and may help reduce feelings of suicide. Charities such as the Samaritans have a helpline available round the clock 365days a year. Or for those who do not wish to speak over the phone, there are services such as “Shout”. Which is a free 24/7 TEXT service for those who require immediate assistance.
Generally speaking, just like other illnesses, choosing to do nothing in attempts to tackle depression may result in this illness continuing to impact your life and even those around you. Especially where children are present. Choosing not to treat or tackle your depression may lead to having adverse effects on the children in your life (whether your own or close to you) either now or later in their life, sometimes both.
How Can We Help You?
So Our Message To You Is:
- It may be hard-going, it may be a struggle, but most people learn to manage their condition. When they do, life quickly returns to some level of normality. Positivity, perseverance and keep reaching out to those around you. It will get easier.
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