What Is Depression
Depression is more than just a low mood. For many people being depressed can mean feeling sad, ‘blue’ down-hearted, disappointed, detached or upset.
However, a person can feel all these things without being clinically depressed. Feelings of sadness or the ‘blues’ can happen when difficult situations arise in life but these are generally brief and do not affect normal functioning on a long term basis.
Depression on the other hand, can have significant and detrimental effects on many aspects of a person’s life. People with depression find it hard to function every day and may be reluctant to participate in activities they once enjoyed.
Do Not Be Ashamed Depression Is Common
Depression is one of the most common of all mental health problems. One in five people experience depression at some stage of their lives.
Depression is not something to be ashamed of or to feel guilty about. It is not a character flaw or a sign of weakness, or a lack of discipline or personal strength. It is not just a ‘mood’ that someone can ‘snap out of’.
Symptoms Of Depressions Include
- Loss of interest in pleasurable activities and daily routine
- Worrying and negative thinking
- Irritability, agitation and fatigue
- Changes in sleeping patterns