Today topic is depression.
What is depression?
Depression is more than feeling just sad. Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.
Who can have depression?
Anyone can have depression. Any age. It doesn’t matter if you are the richest person on this earth or the happiest person. Famous people can get depression. Depression doesn’t just pick the people it wants too. Depression can happen to anyone.
Types of Depression?
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD). (Depression that usually (but not always) occurs in the winter, you could feel better in the summer but when it hits winter the depression symptoms occur)
- Dysthymia. (Continuous mild depression that lasts for two years or more.)
- Antenatal depression. (it occurs during pregnancy.)
- Postnatal depression (PND) (occurs in the weeks and months after becoming a parent. Postnatal depression is usually diagnosed in women but it can affect men, too)
- Major Depression. (Major depression interferes with an individual’s daily life – with eating, sleeping and other everyday activities. Some people may experience only one episode but it is more common to experience several episodes in a lifetime. It can lead to hospital admission, if the person is so unwell they are at risk of harm to themselves.)
Symptoms of depression?
- Loss of energy.
- Low self esteem.
- Self Harm.
- Sleeping problems.
- Avoiding other people, sometimes even your close friends.
- Finding it hard to function.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Loss of sex drive and/or sexual problems.
- Very strong feelings of guilt or worthlessness.
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
- Physical aches and pains.
- Thinking about suicide and death.
Treatment for Depression?
- CBT- (Cognitive behavioural therapy)
- Anti-Depressants- (Anti-depressants do work for many people but inevitably they do have side effects)
- Psychotherapy- (It often looks at how past experience may be affecting your life now, so it may involve delving deeply into early experiences and relationships)
- Couselling- (Counselling gives people the chance to talk through everyday issues)
Depression isn’t anyones fault.
Just so you know, it’s okay not to be okay you know, even the happiest person in the universe has their bad days. You can get through this dark hole. I believe in you.
You are loved. You are worth the fight. You are more than your illnesses, you can fight this I believe in you. You are flawless. You are fabulous. You aren’t alone. You are amazing and I’m proud of you all.
You can beat these thoughts. I believe in you. I will always be there for you even if it’s on the internet or email or even in person one day. You are loved. You are needed in this world because you are YOU. You are badass for battling mental illness daily. I care about every single one of you. You are more than enough. You don’t need to please anyone else. God Bless x
Here is some numbers to contact if you are expierencing a mental health crisis:
Samaritians- For everyone! 24 hours, 7 days a week:
Call this number – 116 123
Email address is Jo@samaritans.org
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – For Men! 5pm to midnight every day.
Call this number: 0800 58 58 58
Webpage chat room if you don’t want to phone the link is: Webpage Chat
Papyrus- For people under 35! Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm. Weekends 2pm to 10pm. Bank Holidays 2pm to 5pm.
Phone number: 0800 068 41 41
Text Number: 07786 209697
Childline- For children and young people under 19.
Call 0800 1111 (Number won’t show up on your phone bill)
The Silver Line- For older people
Call: 0800 4 70 80 90
In the US: Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the National Hopeline Network at 1-800-784-2433
In Austraila- Call Lifeline Austraila at 13 11 14
Other places you could go or ring in a crisis in UK:
- Call your GP- Ask for an emergency appointment.
- Call 111 – Out of hours- They will help you find the support and help you need.
- Contact your mental health crisis team if you have one.
Love, Shannon Diana xx
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