From time to time everyone feels down, miserable, fed-up or sad. Typically, those feelings do not last longer than a few days and do not impact on our lives.
However, depression is not about just having a few bad days. Depression is more persistent and prolonged. Typically, symptoms of depression continue for two weeks or more and will start interfering with your ability to get on with your everyday life.
Common symptoms of depression include mental and physical changes such as:
Women - Men - Younger and Older Individuals
Men and women often show depression in quite different ways, so do older and younger people. Quite often it is hard for the person to recognise depression in themselves and sometimes family or close friends don't even notice it. At times, the person who is depressed is blamed by others for the change in their behaviour, which only makes the depressed person feel worse. Some people even feel they deserve to feel depressed. Sometimes people are told to just snap out of it because others do not understand what it is like to feel depressed. It is important to remember, that if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms not to blame yourself, or overlook the symptoms, as in the long-term this can have a negative effect on your wellbeing and happiness.
Support for Depression
Anyone regardless of age, social status or sex can be affected by depression. It may be the result of a stressful period or it may come out of the blue even when everything appears to be going well in your life. Do not despair, there are many ways to get help. When thinking about support it is important to understand that everyone experiences mental health problems in a unique way. Therefore, treatment, help and support varies from person to person. You may feel your depression will never end but, do not feel you are beyond help.
Talking to a therapist you can trust, who will empathise with you and who will support you through this period, has been proven to be both effective and beneficial.
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the issues stated above please contact Let's Talk at 085 7181267.