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Depression – Signs to Watch Out For

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.

 

Serenity Prayer – Wisdom for us ALL

 

 

Whatever your beliefs may be the massage is the same and one worth sharing.
Not everything is within our control and not everything can be changed. To recognise this and make peace with it can save us a lot of stress and heartache.

Ignorance is Bliss?

There is great sadness experienced by those who choose not to open their minds or take risks… So many people live in fear and denial happy to let life pass them by… It takes courage to truly live… Be courageous!!

Unspoken Support

Sometimes the best thing we can do for someone is to just be there.

At times we all need support but some times we don’t want to talk, we don’t want a hug, we may not even want to move off the couch!

Having a friend, family member or partner that understands you and knows that just being in the room with you or sitting next to you in silence is all the support you need is a blessing.

Working with a counsellor who listens, supports and understands you, that sits with you comfortably in that vulnerable moment allowing you to feel safe and cared for is equally powerful.

 

 

 

 

The Truth About Depression BBC Documentary 2013

Depression is possibly one of the most common and spoken about mental illnesses experienced today. With reportedly a one in four risk of someone experiencing depression in their life time and yet there is still a massive stigma around it and mental health in general.

Thankfully mental illness, in particular depression, is being highlighted in the media on a regular basis which is helping to educate and encourage those who suffer to seek out treatment be that talk therapy, anti-depressants or a combination of both.

I wanted to post this BBC Documentary because I found it to be particularly interesting both from a medical understanding and from first hand accounts of people’s experiences of depression in how it affects them, their lives and the lives of people around them.

 

http://youtu.be/F5YubjEqbZ8

 

Gratitude is the best Attitude!

I truly believe that when you are grateful for the little things they all add up to increasing your happiness!

Try writing down 5 things a day that you are happy for and I bet you will feel better and start to appreciate things you might otherwise take for granted.

I start my day grateful for a tasty cup of coffee and then I see what the days brings. When I focus on the positive even when the situation or task is going badly it is easier to stay calm, focus and find a solution. I can then be grateful for the lesson I have learn from the experience as it makes me a wiser person.

 

Optimism

Optimism can get you through the hard times even if at times it can feel as if you at fooling yourself. Staying positive will keep you strong and moving forward!

Risk

 

How would focusing on the positive change your life?

If we are to simplify our lives by focusing on what is really important (family, friends, love, fun, a sense of belonging, helping others etc) and took the time to appreciate the little day to day things, how much of a difference do you think that would make to your life?

Happiness

Growth Yes Please!

If we are to grow we need to recognise where we have been, where we are now and where we want to go. Growth is achieved through making mistakes and learning from them. Perfection is an illusion, a standard not possible for anyone to reach. Be yourself, make mistakes and move forward on your journey for your mistakes will make you stronger and wiser enriching your your life.

 

Growth – Yes Please!

 

If we are to grow we need to recognise where we have been, where we are now and where we want to go. Growth is achieved through making mistakes and learning from them. Perfection is an illusion, a standard not possible for anyone to reach. Be yourself, make mistakes and move forward on your journey for your mistakes will make you stronger and wiser enriching your your life.

 

It is nearly the weekend!

 

Make the most of your weekend, love laugh and be happy!!