Depression is not the same as being sad, neither is it a sign of weakness nor a character flaw. It is an illness, which can have a serious effect on a person’s life and the lives of those around them. It can even lead to suicide in severe cases.
Depression may arise in different forms…
- A depressed mood or a loss of interest/ pleasure in daily activities for more than two weeks.
- Depression could also last for 2 years or longer.
- Severe recurrent temper outbursts manifested verbally and/or behaviorally that are out of proportion in intensity / duration to the situation or provocation.
- Certain medical conditions could also lead to a state of depression in
- Some women may feel depressed at the start of the menstrual cycle.
Have you been…
- feeling sad or low for long periods of time (usually more than 2 weeks)?
- feeling constantly helpless or guilty?
- constantly anxious, worried or irritable?
- feeling tired all the time, having no energy, motivation or inability to
- losing interest in things that you normally enjoy?
- losing interest in sex?
- having changes in appetite (i.e. eating too much or too little)?
- having trouble sleeping, or needing to sleep more than usual?
- having thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself?
- hearing voices in your head or seeing things that others don’t see?
Depression might feel like it will never go away, but it mostly does get better with the right help!
Why is it important to get help in such situations?
Getting help is never a bad thing. With the right help, you could ensure that your depression will not negatively affect your physical health, your performance at work/school, and your social life. It will help you abstain from having to use drugs and/or alcohol as well as help you avoid worsening the state and life threatening situations.
How and where can I find help?
At Home – you may turn to your family and friends for help. A social support structure is vital to combat depression.
At School/Work – If your school/workplace has a well qualified counsellor or psychologist, approach them.
Visit a Mental Health Professional – A well qualified and experienced professional will be able to provide you with the best guidance.