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 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.
- lack of energy and concentration
- feeling low, sad
- loss/increase of appetite
- lack of feelings
- feeling worthless
- tiredness and/or sleeping a lot
- 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.
- 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: