Depression – causes, types and when to seek help | Mynurva

Depression

Suffering from Depression

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.

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Depression is very common

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.

How to tell if you
have depression

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.

What causes depression?

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.

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Types of depression and treatments

Overcoming Depression

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.

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