Monday, November 30, 2009

Do you suffer from depression? What is depression?

The word depression is used to describe a range of moods from low spirits to a severe problem that interferes with everyday life. The experience of depression is an overwhelming feeling which can make you feel quite unable to cope, and hopeless about the future. If you are depressed your appetite may change and you may have difficulty sleeping or getting up. You may feel overwhelmed by guilt, and may even find yourself thinking about death or suicide. There is often an overlap between anxiety and depression, in that if you are depressed you may also become anxious or agitated.

How can people with depression get help?

The first step is to be honest with yourself: your sadness or unhappiness is interfering with your everyday life. While relatives and friends can often help you through 'bad patches', severe depression needs professional help. That doesn't mean you shouldn't tell people close to you what is going on if you can - it will help them to know, and their ongoing support can be very valuable.
Some employers are sympathetic to those with mental health problems, although others may worry about the effects on your work and that you may need to take time off.

Next post will be about "How do you can decide whether you are responding normally to difficult times, or have become depressed?"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very nice post, Thank you

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