Depression is a serious illness that can affect a person's family, work or school life, sleeping and eating habits and general health. It's not something that you can just ‘snap out of’ and like any serious medical condition, depression needs to be treated.
Depression can make you feel helpless, hopeless and trapped. Deciding to get help is the first step to resolving this condition. The results of talking to a counsellor are often not immediate however it is likely that just talking about what you are feeling can bring some relief.
The word depression can be quite ambiguous as it is often used to describe a low or miserable mood. While we at In-Touch can help with these issues it is important that the more severe depressive illness is treated quickly.
Symptoms of Depression
Everyday stress can make you feel miserable and low. The difference with depression is that it can last for weeks or months rather than days. There are several symptoms although not all of them are suffered in all cases and in some cases none of the symptoms are present.
Who Can Be Depressed?
- Depression is extremely common
- 5%-10% of the population suffer from the illness at any one time
- Woman are twice as likely as men to be depressed
- Anyone can suffer from depression
Causes of Depression
There is no definitive cause of depression and it can affect anybody. Genes or inherited factors can make some people more likely to suffer from depression, such as having parents or grandparents who have suffered with the illness. Early life experiences can also be a factor, for instance the death of a parent when you were young.
- Inherited or genetic factors such as parents or grandparents who have suffered with depression
- Traumatic experiences in early life
- Stressful life events such as the end of a relationship, the death of a loved one or losing a job
- Depression can also be caused by some physical illnesses or drug treatments - including recreational drugs