Education on Depression.

May 5, 2012

As You know I’m taking time out from blogging about football but I thought this would be a useful read for those who don’t really understand depression or even the symptoms. Like any illness if you spot the warning signs early enough in your self or some one else you can act quickly and prevent it destroying you and everyone around yous lifes.

Depression

Depression is a mental health problem that can affect people without them realising that something is wrong. While everyone feels “down in the dumps”, sad and/or low at points in their lives, this should not be confused with depression which is where these feelings are severe and long lasting.

Depression is one of the most widely experienced mental health problems. Most people know someone who has experienced depression.

Symptoms of depression can include:

  • lack of energy and concentration
  • feeling low, sad
  • loss/increase of appetite
  • lack of feelings
  • feeling worthless
  • tiredness and/or sleeping a lot
  • insomnia
  • feeling distant/isolated from people
  • losing interest in their appearance
  • aches and pains

Depression is becoming increasingly common, though the cause of depression is unknown. Significant life events are believed to trigger depression in some people, for example bereavement or redundancy. Hormonal changes, such as around pregnancy or the menopause can also contribute to depression.

There are different types of depression, these are:

  • mild to moderate depression
  • clinical depression (a more severe depressive illness)
  • postnatal depression
  • manic depression or bi-polar disorder (severe depression accompanied by mood swings known as highs and lows.)
  • seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD

There are many treatments for depression that range from medication to complementary therapies to talking therapy. It’s often a combination of support that helps people in their recovery.

If you know someone with depression and want to help them, first and foremost take them and their concerns seriously and be patient with them.

Contact the specialist organisations below for more information:


Comments

  1. Mike McD - May 5, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Nice blog entry, hopefully it will help people and also it’s helping you personally by speaking out.

    It’s the illness that’s “swept under the carpet” nobody wants to talk about it due to the stigma attached to mental illness.
    Mental illness can be as seemingly innocent as compulsive buying of chocolate at the supermarket checkout, but that’s just put down as “impulse buying” if the likes of that example where redefined properly as a mental illness then people would perhaps not be so frightened about what others might think when they come forward to seek help for other mental illnesses such as depression.
    You’ll pull through.

    Reply
  2. Mike McD - May 5, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Nice blog entry, hopefully it will help people and also it’s helping you personally by speaking out.

    It’s the illness that’s “swept under the carpet” nobody wants to talk about it due to the stigma attached to mental illness.
    Mental illness can be as seemingly innocent as compulsive buying of chocolate at the supermarket checkout, but that’s just put down as “impulse buying” if the likes of that example where redefined properly as a mental illness then people would perhaps not be so frightened about what others might think when they come forward to seek help for other mental illnesses such as depression.
    You’ll pull through.

    Reply
  3. Katie Brown - May 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Depression is such a horrible illness that affects so many but still remains a dirty secret. The month of May is Mental Awareness month with the week of 21 – 27 focusing on getting involved and asking people to show or do an act of kindness towards others. The world could be such a better place if this could be maintained and if people had a better understanding of the illness which destroys so many peoples lives.
    You have been so brave Jas in your efforts to talk about your illness and I hope that things will get better for you and your family soon. God Bless

    Reply
  4. Katie Brown - May 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Depression is such a horrible illness that affects so many but still remains a dirty secret. The month of May is Mental Awareness month with the week of 21 – 27 focusing on getting involved and asking people to show or do an act of kindness towards others. The world could be such a better place if this could be maintained and if people had a better understanding of the illness which destroys so many peoples lives.
    You have been so brave Jas in your efforts to talk about your illness and I hope that things will get better for you and your family soon. God Bless

    Reply

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