Both physical and mental health are of huge importance. They affect our day-to-day lives, but they also determine aspects of our long-term lives too. Unfortunately, there are quite a few taboo healthcare subjects. Depression is one of the biggest. The stigma that comes with depression means it’s often difficult to ask for help or to know how to help. This can result is sufferers struggling on their own. It’s time to tackle this mental health taboo…
What Is Depression?
Depression, at its most mild, is being in low spirits for a prolonged period of time. It makes a lot of aspects of life harder. Leading a normal life can become increasingly difficult for sufferers and feelings of worthlessness and sadness are common. At its worst, depression can cause sufferers to believe their life is not worth living. Those who suffer from depression often struggle to come forwards and ask for help. First and foremost, they feel like they might not be listened to, or may be accused of exaggerating. A common symptom of depression is isolation and not being able to relate to others, this also makes it difficult to seek help.
What Are The Symptoms?
If you’re worried that you, or someone you know, might have depression there are some signs to look out for. Feeling down or upset for long periods of time is an obvious one. Removing yourself from everyday activities is another. People who are depressed tend to become isolated as their lack of self-confidence forces them to reject social interaction and spend time alone. A lack of appetite is another symptom.
What Are The Causes?
Depression can be caused by a number of factors. Childhood trauma, life events, other mental health problems, diet, medication, and drug and alcohol addictions could all be causes. Depression is manageable.
How Can You Manage Depression?
Start simply by trying to get enough sleep, eating a good diet, and exercising. Get into a good routine focusing on these three pillars of well-being. Do things that make you happy and start to challenge your low mood and negative thoughts. Socializing with others will help you to increase your confidence and connect.
There are also a number of different treatments offered for those with depression. Talking treatments and medication are the two main types of treatment. Talking treatments aim to discuss one-on-one and sometimes in a group. They will help you to deal with and understand the symptoms you have. Medication can be used to manage your mood. This will help to stabilize your feelings whilst the other aspects of this mental health issue are addressed.