Am I Depressed Or Just Fed Up?

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Just recently it seems that some celebrities have been talking openly about their depression including Beverley Callard, Denise Welch and others. Daily Mail journalist Allison Pearson, who also suffered from depression called it the curse of her generation.

Yes, the stigma surrounding depression and mental health problems is less now than it ever was but there are still people who aren’t aware that they are depressed and are suffering needlessly as a result.

There is a big difference between people who are genuinely suffering from depression and those who are just a little bit down in the dumps, the problem is, many people can’t tell the difference and left untreated, depression can wreck lives.

The first thing to understand about depression is that the depressed person can’t just shake it off and get on with things. The symptoms, which include sadness and low moods, can persist for weeks, months or even years. On the other hand if you are just a bit fed up then this may last a few hours or days and then subside.

One of the difficulties in diagnosing depression is getting a depressed person, especially those with mild symptoms, to first of all admit that they might have a problem, and then to actually take the steps of seeking help.

There are also different types of depression which can include mono-polar depression, bipolar depression, postnatal depression, and even winter depression (seasonal affective disorder) but the symptoms are often similar.

When someone is depressed they may feel inadequate and isolated and mistakenly believe that they should be able to pick themselves up and get on with things, the problem is that they can’t, which makes them feel even worse and that is why it’s so important to seek help.

Depression can be triggered by a multitude of things from life stresses, lifestyle, bereavement, childbirth, poor health, relationship problems and sometimes there is no apparent trigger at all.

Treatment is often in the form of medication that can help increase serotonin levels (feel good hormone) or cognitive behaviour therapy or both. However, the following self help techniques might help too and are beneficial for everyone, depressed or not.

  • Try to avoid stressful situations
  • Get enough sleep each night
  • Learn some relaxation techniques like yoga or mediation
  • Go for a daily walk in nature or spend some time each day in the garden
  • Eat a varied balanced diet and make sure you get enough Omega 3
  • Cut down on smoking, coffee, tea and alcohol
  • Exercise regularly

If everyone did this then perhaps many of us would be able to avoid depression. However, the good news is that depression, even more serious types of depression, are treatable and you can recover.

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