Facts About Depression
Depression is a serious mental health problem that causes people to experience low mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or change a person’s relationship with food, low energy, and poor concentration. It can lead to a range of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home. Depression is one of the main causes of disability worldwide. Fortunately, it is treatable with professional help. Sadly, many people who are affected by depression do not seek support because they feel ashamed or believe nothing will help. Mental illnesses can take a person to some really dark places and it can cause a lot of pain and loneliness.
Here are some facts about depression that maybe you didn’t know.
1. Depression can affect anyone, of any age and any background.
- Depression can affect anyone, of any age and any background.
- No one is except from developing a mental illness.
- Depression is a real medical condition that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and/or loss of interest in things you used to enjoy, accompanied by an inability to concentrate or make decisions (although sometimes people with depression may feel irritable rather than sad).
- It doesn’t look the same for everyone. Every situation is different, as well as any diagnosis.
- Depression is treatable through talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), counseling and antidepressants (medication). There are also self-help techniques that you can try at home without needing to see your GP first, like keeping a mood diary – writing down how you’re feeling each day – which will help you notice patterns in your feelings
2. There’s no single cause of depression.
Depression is a complex disorder. It can be caused by a range of things, including genetics, life events, and brain chemistry. Depression isn’t always predictable or logical. If you’re feeling depressed, it’s important to know that there are many factors that may have contributed to it—and you don’t need to feel ashamed about any of them!
3. There’s lots you can do to help yourself if you’re feeling depressed.
- You can always talk to a mental health professional.
- You can try exercise, yoga, or meditation (keep in mind, this doesn’t work for everyone).
- You can take up mindfulness practices like journaling and coloring.
- If you feel like you’re having trouble getting through the day, consider going on an antidepressant medication or seeing a therapist.
Depression is a serious medical condition that can be successfully managed. There are many different ways to treat depression, including medication, therapy and self-help.
Talking to a family member or friend about how you’re feeling may be the first step in getting help for your situation. If this isn’t possible, contact your doctor who can refer you to other services such as local mental health services or support groups.
If you prefer not to seek help from friends or family members but would rather talk with someone who has no personal connection with you, it’s also possible to see a professional counselor or therapist privately. They will use techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which focuses on changing negative thoughts into positive ones so they can improve relationships and reduce stress levels when faced with difficult situations in life.
4. You’re not ‘going crazy’. Depression is a real medical condition with real symptoms, caused by changes in the brain.
Depression is a medical condition. It’s not a sign of weakness or personal failure, and it won’t go away if you just ignore it. Depression is caused by changes in the brain, which research shows can happen at any age and to anyone who has gone through life-changing events like losing a loved one, poverty, trauma, or getting divorced. While some people may be more vulnerable to depression than others based on their genes, anyone who experiences symptoms can get help for them—including medication and therapy. You’re not crazy; you have an illness that needs treatment!
5. It’s OK to ask for help if you’re depressed
If you’ve been feeling depressed, it’s important to remember that it’s okay to ask for help. You don’t necessarily need to tell everyone about your feelings, but there are some people who will understand and want to help you.
- Talking about your depression with friends and family can be helpful; the more people who know about it, the more understood you will feel.
- If talking isn’t enough, doctors can prescribe medication that can make things better—but only if they know how bad things actually are. Therapy is scary. Opening up to complete strangers can be anxiety inducing and it may take time to completely trust this person while simultaneously dropping down your walls. Take your time as long as you’re comfortable.
- There are also many online resources available where people with depression talk about their experiences.
Even though it is hard to talk about it, depression is treatable
As mentioned before, depression is a medical condition that can be treated. It is not a sign of personal weakness, failure or inadequacy.
Depression is a serious illness. It’s not something you have to cope with on your own. Your GP can help, and there are support groups, helplines and other resources that can make all the difference in getting you through it.
Admitting you need help is not a sign of weakness – it’s a sign of strength.