With April being Mental Health Month I wanted to take a longer look at a couple of the main mental health problems that as a society many people struggle with. I want to let you know what is actually happening in people chemically, how you can change this, what help you can seek out either for yourself or a friend What Is Depression?
Not the most exciting and fun topic to talk about but a very serious one that I hope I can get across a message to you which is both informative, fun and memorable so that you can recognise possible symptoms in yourself of in the ones that you love so that you can look after yourself/them and be healthier.
What happens in the mind appears in the body.
Chronic conditions may appear in our bodies BECAUSE of an emotional event or trauma that we have had earlier in our lives. Symptoms may come and go with the seasons or particular triggers such as a stressful event or even a certain smell.
Does your condition always come on stronger at particular times of year? Under certain conditions like family events or high stress? What is your trigger for pain?
What are the signs/symptoms of Depression?
Signs and symptoms of depression can vary hugely depending on severity but can include:
Sadness that doesn't go away
Feelings of guilt
Loss of appetite
Loss of concentration
and much more - for a more complete list check here
Do you recognise any in yourself or a loved one?
What help is there?
Help can come in many forms. There are many professional services dedicated to helping people with depression. Most of which are available if you speak to your GP.
You may feel like talking to your GP isn't an option, so you may want to go directly to the more common forms of treatment - these are generally talking therapies and often in acute stages will be 1 -1 and perhaps when symptoms decline become a group session.
You may wish to seek out:
Counselling - Is the general form of talking therapy and can come in many different guises. Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, CBT and NLP would all fall under the category of counselling.
CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapist - the therapist helps you break down seemingly large, overwhelming tasks or conflicts into smaller digestible chunks that are easier to cope with therby reducing the feelings of despair at performing certain tasks. NHS Link for CBT
Psychotherapy - Involves talking about your past experiences to see how those have affected your current choices and decision making processes. Group therapy - a therapist may lead a group of people with similar problems to discuss their condition in an open safe forum. This may be beneficial for depression as many people who are depressed often feel alone and that they are the only one feeling those feelings when it is actually surprisingly common.
For more on available therapies check head over the the NHS here
You can also Find your local NHS therapists here
I hope you have found this informative, in the next article I will be discussing what happens within the brain at the level of hormones and Neurotransmitters that are linked with feelings of depression. What you can do about that and some helpful techniques that could help alleviate some of the problems that are associated with depression.
More help Below - Resource List