Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life. Sometimes things aren’t going well, or you may experience a loss of a loved-one, a job change, or some other significant change. But when emptiness and despair take hold and won't go away, it may be depression.
More than just a temporary case of "the blues," depression can make it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. Hobbies and friends don’t interest you like they used to; you’re exhausted all the time; your eating and/or sleeping habits may be disrupted; and just getting through the day can be overwhelming. When you’re depressed, you may feel worthless and things may feel hopeless. But with help and support you can get better.
Causes of Depression
Many factors contribute to the development of major depression. Some people may be genetically predisposed to depression, and their risk can be increased by several external factors. These include:
- The death or illness of a spouse, friend or family member;
- Difficulties at work or with a personal relationship;
- Low self-esteem;
- Financial difficulties;
Women may experience postpartum depression after giving birth or depression around menopause. These are often the result of hormonal changes.
Signs of Depression
- Not enjoying life - lack of interest in activities we previously enjoyed
- Feeling tired all the time - constant lethargy, slowness
- Sense of despair - not looking ahead in life, feeling helpless and hopeless, can include suicidal feelings
- Appetite problems - eating too little or too much
- Difficulty with sleep - insomnia or sleeping all the time
- Mood Swings - quick change of moods for 'no reason'
- Lack of concentration - can't focus on tasks, difficulty remembering things
- Feeling disconnected from people - withdrawing from family and friends
- Self-critical feelings - Judgement towards self, feeling worthless
Treatment for depression can include psychological counselling and therapy, medication (such as anti-depressants) or a combination of the two. In addition support from family, friends and self-help groups can make a big impact in a person’s recovery. For some people, bouts of depression will recur, while for others it may not.
If you are experiencing symptoms of depression you should consider depression counselling.
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