This month I thought I would feature an article on the ins and outs of depression in preparation for next month’s feature on the topic.
The ICD-10 define depression as; low mood, reduction of energy, and decrease in activities. The enjoyment, interest, and concentration of the person is severely reduced, and levels of tiredness are increased. The person’s sleep is usually disturbed, and their appetite is often lowered considerably. Self-esteem and self-worth are almost always reduced which can sometimes be accompanied by feelings of guilt and reduced confidence levels. Depressive episodes can be classed as mild, moderate, and severe.
Depression is more common than many people realise, statistics from MIND state that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience mental health problems each year. In England, 1 in 6 of these people report experiencing depression and anxiety in any given week.
Unfortunately, some people believe that depression is trivial and not a genuine condition. Depression is a very real mental health illness and can sometimes lead to people taking their own lives as they cannot cope with life any more.
I personally have suffered with depression and can honestly say it was one of the darkest and most difficult times of my life. I lost all motivation for everything that I used to enjoy, I slept all the time, I didn’t want to be around and wanted to escape the harrowing feeling of constant doom and blackness.
If you were to ask me how to describe my depression I would say this: “I can never really feel myself falling into the deep black hole, but I certainly realise when I am there, it’s like trying to climb out of a well that has steel walls and no grip, you’re cold and wet at the bottom and the people at the top cannot reach you to help you out”.
However, it’s super important to recognise that people with depression can and do make full recoveries! With the right treatment and support people can recover and live fulfilling lives!
Depression is not something that you can ‘snap out of’ by ‘pulling yourself together’ – it is a very debilitating disorder!