If you are depressed, you may feel that nothing can help. But this is untrue. Deciding to do something is the most important step you can take. Most people recover from bouts of depression, and some even look back on it as a useful experience which forced them to take stock of their lives and make changes in their lifestyle.
Personally for me I’ve never been depressed, I have been borderline because when i left college i felt like abit of a failure and i had about five weeks of no college or work. Those five weeks where the worst weeks of my life, I felt down for so long because i left due to an overload of coursework I had no motivation and just couldn’t do anything. As soon as I became employed my spirit was uplifted and I wanted to do everything all the time 🙂
I was abused by my birth father and my uncles up and till I was 6, I was then Adopted. After i was adopted i never felt the same and got very depressed I suffered from a type of depression known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This type of depression means you suffer from flash backs, nightmares and many more symptoms, I still to this day suffer from flashbacks and nightmares. To overcome this depression I had many forms of help from counselling, antidepressants but the most help I had was from family and friends. My one biggest piece of advice to people with depression would be dont try and cope on your own ask for advice and support and always remember you are strong enough to get through this.
We all go through spells of feeling down, but when you’re depressed, you feel persistently sad for weeks or months rather than just a few days.
Some people still think that depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They’re wrong. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it’s not a sign of weakness or something you can ‘snap out of’ by ‘pulling yourself together’.
There are also various specific forms of depression:
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
If you usually become depressed only during the autumn and winter, it could be due to not getting enough daylight. You may benefit from spending time sitting in front of a special light box.
- Find out more about seasonal affective disorder
Many mothers have ‘the baby blues’ soon after the birth of their baby, but it usually passes after a few days. Postnatal depression is a more serious problem and can appear any time between two weeks and two years after the birth.
- Find out more about postnatal depression
Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
Some people have mood swings, when periods of depression alternate with periods of mania. When manic, they are in a state of high excitement, and may plan and may try to execute grandiose schemes and ideas.
- Find out more about bipolar disorder (manic depression)
The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery from depression.
Treatment for depression involves either medication or talking treatments, or usually a combination of the two. The kind of treatment that your doctor recommends, will be based on the type of depression you have. What can you do to help your self
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