Hi guys, hope you’re doing well. Todays topic is something very close to my heart. We’re going to be talking about depression, more specifically how to recognise the symptoms in yourself and others. Now obviously these are not universal, you may experience some and not others, and people can be very good at hiding their symptoms. Even so, I hope this post can bring you some form of awareness and clarification.
Common Symptoms of Depression
- continuous low mood or sadness
- feeling hopeless and helpless
- having low self-esteem
- feeling tearful
- worthless or guilt-ridden thoughts
- feeling irritable and intolerant of others
- having no motivation or interest in things
- finding it difficult to make decisions
- not getting any enjoyment out of life
- irritable mood
- feeling anxious or worried
- having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself
- not doing well at work
- avoiding contact with friends and taking part in fewer social activities
- neglecting your hobbies and interests
- having difficulties in your home and family life
- moving or speaking slower than usual
- changes in appetite or weight (usually decreased, but sometimes increased)
- unexplained aches and pains
- lack of energy
- low sex drive (loss of libido)
- changes to your menstrual cycle
- disturbed sleep – difficulty falling asleep, waking up early or sleeping more than usual
Source – hse.ie
A lot of people experience a number of these symptoms at once, but tend to try talk themselves out of believing there is a real problem. It takes a lot to admit to yourself you have depression, and it takes a huge amount of courage to ask for help. Whether it be telling a family member, friend, GP or therapist, getting help is the best thing you can do for yourself. Often people do not feel their issues are severe enough to get help or that people have bigger problems than them, but getting help is so important. Even if you only need short term help, it is so important to do that, for yourself and for the people around you.
Dealing with Depression
Depending on who you are, a number of different things could work for you. To begin, the first steps usually include
- Reaching out to a family member, friend or trusted person
- Talk to your GP and find out what they recommend
- You will usually be referred for an evaulation
From here there are many ways to go, it really just depends on the person. Therapy may work for some, for others simply communicating with their family and friends more helps. Medication is also an option, though be sure to talk to your GP about the side effects to these.
Personally my previous therapist recommended keeping a journal which really helped me. She also encouraged getting outside, even just for a small walk, as fresh air and exercise makes a lot of difference. I also found the app Headspace to be a godsend, having a way to clear my mind for even a small amount of time was hugely beneficial.
Obviously I am not an expert in the matter, and if you or someone you know think you’re suffering I would highly recommend reaching out to someone you love and visit a GP. I hope this post helps even a bit to better understand what goes on in your mind. If you’re going through shit right now, I promise you it will get better, I believe in you.
Lots of love,