Depression – Article

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It’s very common for most people to feel miserable from time to time and this is usually when something upsetting or stressful is happening such as stress at work, conflict occurring in relationships, illness or prolonged injury and this is normal to have these feelings. Over time these feelings lessen and you get back to normal. If these feelings stay around and increase in intensity for a period of time or keep recurring then this could be a sign that you are experiencing depression.

Symptoms

You may be experiencing a couple or a few of the symptoms listed below:

  • constantly feeling low or hopeless
  • lack of fulfilment in your work and the things you normally enjoyed doing
  • feeling tired all the time or general loss of energy
  • feelings of emptiness or loneliness
  • sleep problems – too much or too little
  • weight loss or gain
  • low self-esteem
  • problems with concentration
  • reduced sex drive
  • thinking about death a lot
  • crying (more than usual)
  • irritability and restlessness
  • feeling confused

Treatment

Depression can be treated with one method or a combination of methods:

  • Counselling – talking therapies
  • Healthy Lifestyle – good nutrition, regular exercise, sleep
  • Use stress management tools
  • Medication prescribed by GP