It’s understandable really; if stressful life experiences can trigger depression then the fall out from the economic recession was bound to have an effect on people’s mental health and this is what the research has found. According to a recent study, it seems that job insecurity, job losses and increased financial strain, have taken their toll on our mental health.
The study was conducted by Roehampton University and the children’s charity Elizabeth Finn Care and what the researchers found was that the number of people suffering from stress, anxiety and depression has increased dramatically perhaps fourfold or even fivefold in recent times.
The report also revealed that of those that lost their jobs in the past 12 months, 71 percent have suffered symptoms of depression. Those who were most likely to suffer symptoms from depression came from the middle socio-economic group and those between the ages of 18 and 30. Around half of those who had to take a drop in pay said they had experienced symptoms of depression, anxiety or stress.
Depression is a major problem in our society today and if it isn’t treated it can have a devastating effect on an individual’s life and will also negatively impact on the lives of family and friends too.
Many people ignore the symptoms of depression believing that it will pass and will try to deal with it on their own, either because they are unaware of what’s going on or because of fear of what others might think or say if they admit to suffering from a mental health problem. The fact is mental health problems are extremely common and can affect anyone.
It’s vital that you seek help if you think that you or someone close to you might be suffering from depression. So what do you have to look out for?
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
- Low moods and sadness which persists for more than a couple of weeks
- Changes in appetite which can involve overeating or not eating enough
- Unwilling or unable to get out of bed in the morning
- Changes in sleep patterns which can involve sleeping too much or spending hours lying awake
- Emotional outbursts that are out of character
- Feelings of guilt and self blame
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Feeling anxious and worried
- Lack of interest in activities that were once pleasurable
- Loss of libido
- Withdrawal from social activities
- Spending a lot of time staring into space
This list of symptoms is not exhaustive and just because you have one or more of these signs and symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you are depressed, but they are indications that depression is a possibility. Speak to your doctor for advice.
The positive thing is that depression can be treated and the earlier treatment is started the sooner the individual regains control of their lives and gets back to their former self.Learn how I beat Depression