What is It?
Depression is a very common and normal experience for most of us at some point in our lives. Depression will generally show up after events or situations like a break-up with a partner, a death of a friend or family member or the loss of a job. Sometimes we can just experience a general feeling of sadness from time to time with no real permeable explanation. This is all a part of the human condition and is nothing for us to worry about because as a general rule we will move on from this low mood and leave it behind.
Depression does however become a problem for us when this sadness lasts for more than two weeks and begins to affect our everyday living. It is a problem when it begins to interfere with our ability to relate to other people, to want to spend time with others or to get on with our everyday responsibilities such as work, study, hobbies we enjoy or spending time with our family. It is more than just feeling sad or down because something did not go our way, it is like an unshakeable burden that we feel we cannot move past.
Some people might describe depression as being “out of sorts”, “down in the dumps”, bored, irritable, tired, glum or sad. It is by no means a weakness of character and is widely prevalent in the community.
Depression tends to first show itself in our teen years, is twice as likely to occur in women but four times more likely to result in suicide in men.
Symptoms of Depression
- Low energy levels
- Loss of libido (loss or change in sex drive)
- Loss of appetite (or sometimes binge eating)
- Lowered self esteem (I am not good enough or Why would he/she want to spend time with me?)
- Insomnia (inability to sleep)
- Withdrawal from friends, family and social situations
- Poor concentration and memory
- Loss in motivation (can’t be bothered doing things like going to work or getting out of bed)
- Not being bothered shower, getting dressed or changing clothes.
- Loss in interest of hobbies or activities you usually enjoy.
- Feeling irritable or angry and not being able to control these emotions.
- Crying a lot.
- Felling hopeless
- Thoughts of death or dying
What to do about it?
Depression can be treated either with counselling (also known as psychotherapy) or anti-depressant medication, or a combination of both. Lifestyle changes may also need to be addressed.
If you feel that you may be suffering from Depression please call us today so we can help to get you onto the path of recovery.