Depression: Truthfully anybody can get depressed

Depression. Many of us will experience this low mood, bewilderment and melancholy at some stage in our life. Occasionally it can be related to a discernable happening but come from nowhere. 

People struggling with low mood may experience: 


  • Moving lethargically 
  • Persistent headaches
  • Finding it very difficult to get out of bed
  • Uncertain speech
  • Loss of libido
  • Poor concentration
  • Poor memory 
  • Aches and pains 
  • Waking up early
  • Tiredness and lack of energy
  • Stomach pains and upsets


Depressed people might:

 

  • Abandon hobbies and avoid social activities
  • Snap at family and lose interest in friends
  • Eat too much or eat too little
  • Drink too much alcohol or self-medicate with non-prescribed drugs
  • Some make mistakes at work or even miss work altogether.


People often avoid admitting to themselves and to others that they might be struggling with an emotional issue like depression. 

“It often feels like an inevitable never-ending catastrophe and people become genuinely frightened. ”

Some refuse to accept depression, because it doesn’t fit in with their self-concept. 


I, myself, never thought I'd be depressed, but it happened to me. When I was deep in depression… when I was in that hollow, dark, hopeless place, I didn’t believe that I'd ever escape its grip. I did escape... in fact my life is far better after decade of depression than it was before my depression. I realised that before, I was ‘being’ a person that actuallymade me ill. I got help… I've changed and I’m closer to the real me. Now, I never feel low… honestly. 


Shane Lutkin, Lead Therapist at Emotionalskills.uk 

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