Depression is often in the news. Has there been an increase in numbers of people suffering from depression or is it just that we hear more about it?
Depression is when you experience low moods for a long time or for no particular reason and this starts to impact your everyday life – either at home or at work or both. Everyone feels sad or low from time to time – this is normal. Depression is when these feelings are experienced intensely for long periods of time.
It affects at least 1 in 10 people at some point in their life. Unfortunately, most wait a long time before seeking help. The sooner you seek help the sooner you will feel better and be able to enjoy life more.
There are quick tests you can take to get a rough idea of whether you are depressed and how severe this might be.
The most obvious outward symptoms are behavioural – a loss of interest in doing things you used to enjoy, maybe crying a lot, difficulty concentrating, sleeping badly and being constantly tired. People with depression describe themselves as being down, being unhappy, feeling empty or not having the energy or motivation to do anything.
Physical symptoms include unexplained aches and pains including headaches. Some people change weight and look pale from being holed up inside.
Sometimes there is an obvious cause or trigger for depression. Life-changing events such as having a baby, losing your job, being diagnosed with a serious illness, getting divorced or a family bereavement can trigger depression.
But depression can also have no obvious main cause. It is quite often a cumulation of many smaller stressful events that mount up to trigger depression.
It is known that depression occurs within family groups suggesting that if someone in your family has experienced this then you are at a higher risk.
Hormonal changes can trigger depression – and for women, this is common during or after pregnancy and during the menopause.
If you regularly drink too much or take drugs this can bring on depression, and alcohol is known to make depression worse.
If you are described as mildly depressed the NHS is not able to prioritise any help. You may be told to look at self-help guides and try and improve your lifestyle through diet and exercise.
If this is you then ensure you either do this or seek extra help. The Mynurva blog is a good place to start. Speaking to a therapist may prevent your depression from getting worse. The earlier depression is treated the quicker the response. Often the act of seeking help is the start of feeling better.
Long-term mild depression or moderate depression need 3rd party help to get you out of the downward spiral. Counselling or talking therapy such as CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) is the preferred treatment. Sometimes antidepressants are also prescribed.
The video counselling that Mynurva provide is designed to help with depression and is very effective. It is a mixture of CBT and other talking therapies according to what seems most appropriate for the person concerned.
As the name suggests this is the most severe form. The treatment is actually the same as for moderate depression except the counselling may be more intensive and you might be prioritised up the waiting lists.
Many people who had depression made lifestyle changes and put into practice advice from CBT counselling to beat their depression. These lifestyle changes also prevent or reduce the chance of depression returning. The key changes are more exercise and eating more healthily.
Mynurva has qualified therapists able to
provide counselling for depression.