Depression is something we all feel at some time or another. In its mildest form we could just be feeling a bit down. At its worst it can make you feel suicidal or simply give up the will to live. The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery.
Depression is a real illness with real symptoms; it’s not a sign of weakness or something you can “snap out of”. Even powerful personalities can experience deep depression. Winston Churchill called it his ‘black dog’
In the UK about 5 in 100 adults suffer with this problem every year. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men suffer from serious depression at some point in their lives. For some this is a one off, for others it can be a recurring problem.
The symptoms of depression can vary from person to person, these are the most common, you may not experience all of them;
· Tiredness and loss of energy.
· Sadness that doesn’t go away.
· Loss of self-confidence and self-esteem.
· Difficulty concentrating.
· Not being able to enjoy things that are usually pleasurable or interesting.
· Feeling anxious all the time.
· Avoiding other people, sometimes even your close friends.
· Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
· Sleeping problems – difficulties in getting off to sleep or waking up much earlier than usual.
· Very strong feelings of guilt or worthlessness.
· Finding it hard to function at work/college/school.
· Loss of appetite.
· Loss of sex drive and/or sexual problems.
· Physical aches and pains.
· Thinking about suicide and death.
Depression can be bought on suddenly as a result of trauma, physical illness, unemployment, bereavement, or other life-changing events. Or it can occur gradually, over a period of weeks or months. The gradual onset of depression can be very difficult to recognise.
Living with depression is difficult for sufferers and their family, friends, and colleagues but there is something you can do, understanding your problem is the first stage in treating it.
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