What is Depression?
Depression is more than feeling down after hearing bad news or having a bad day these feelings are normal reactions to everyday situations.
Depression is more than that it is a mental health condition that affects an individuals thinking, energy, feelings and behaviour. It can range from mild to sever and greatly impacts the individual’s life on multiple levels interfering with work, home, social and intimate relationships. The signs to be aware of are listed below. If you or a loved one has four or more of these symptoms for a period of over two weeks please consult your GP.
Depression – Signs and Symptoms
Feelings of helplessness, guilt, worthlessness, and pessimism everything feels hopeless
Loss of interest in or pleasure from activities you once enjoyed
Low mood, feeling empty or anxious
Sleep Disturbances – sleeping too much or to little
Decreased energy levels, fatigue, feeling weighed down
Changes in Appetite – Over eating or under eating – weight loss or weight gain
Difficulty remembering, concentrating or making decisions
Feeling irritable, restless or excessive crying
Physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea, persistent unexplained aches and pains that do not respond to treatment
Thoughts of Suicide or Suicidal Ideology
Attempted Suicide – Please contact Emergency Services Immediately
Remember! Depression is treatable or manageable with the right care. Do not suffer in silence, take the steps required to get your life back on track. You deserve to be yourself again.