Depression Awareness Week; UK

Everyone feels a little down from time-to-time. It’s natural. But, people who suffer from depression have an illness which affects them much more profoundly. The World Health Organization estimates that by the year 2020, major depression will be second only to chronic heart disease as an international health burden.  Depression is an illness like any other. Have a virus, or an infection, maybe a broken limb? See a doctor. The same goes for depression. Feelings of embarrassment or shame in seeking treatment for depression is passé. Of course some people don’t know they need help. Especially if they have been feeling the same for a long period time. Think dysthymia. If you recognize any of the symptoms listed below in yourself or others, please seek advice from your GP. There are a number of national organizations that can offer support and advice . . .

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of depression may include the following:

  • difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • fatigue and decreased energy
  • feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
  • feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • irritability, restlessness
  • loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • overeating or appetite loss
  • persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
  • persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
  • thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts