Lady curled up on bedWhat is Depression?

Despite one in ten people experiencing depression at some point in their lives, including adults of all ages and children, misconceptions continue to fuel misunderstanding and hinder effective treatment.

Depression is not a weakness or something that you can 'snap out of'.

Getting the right treatment and support means that even severe depression is highly treatable. You can recover from depression.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Feeling low is natural, particularly when things go wrong, people let us down, we lose loved ones, or our dreams are dashed. However, when a depressed feeling fails to pass and stretches over weeks, or is experienced frequently and impedes your ability to interact with others and enjoy life, then you are probably experiencing some form of depression.

Depression is experienced in many different ways and symptoms vary from person to person. Feelings of anxiety, anger or stress may also be experienced.

Low feelings tend to be associated with a sense of loss or failure in which you focus unhealthily on negative aspects, resulting in things seeming hopeless. Dwelling on other losses and failures creates a perception that you are helpless to change things. You may see the future as painful and dark.

A sense of isolation can make interacting with others seem increasingly difficult as you withdraw into yourself and seek less support. You may experience a loss of interest in things you used to enjoy, a loss of appetite or sex drive. You may find yourself struggling to focus and concentrate, making it difficult to do routine tasks, or even to manage the home, work and relationships.

Physical symptoms can include aches and pains, tiredness and bad sleep such as insomnia or oversleeping.

Tearfulness and an inability to manage emotions can lead to more general difficulties in coping with life. The severity of depression can range from mild, in which you feel persistently low, to severe depression, which could lead to self-harm or suicidal thoughts. It is imperative to seek treatment and help.

What To Do

If you think you have depression it is important to get help from your GP. Treatment involves either medication or talking therapies, or a combination of both. Professional help can guide you to take the steps needed to help you get better. These can include individual or group therapy, self-help measures such as reading materials, and building a support network. Lifestyle changes are recommended such as exercising, increasing physical and social activity, cutting down on alcohol and eating healthily.

A lot of people leave getting help because they underestimate or do not understand the symptoms of depression and do not realize that correct treatment works.

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