There are times when each and every one of us feels down, particularly when we are experiencing difficulties in relationships, we have financial stresses, a friend leaves or we experience a death. These low mood periods usually pass however sometimes they don’t go away and we stop enjoying what we used to.
Stress can build up in our lives and overwhelm our ability to cope. Maybe you have lost someone you love, had a baby, or been stressed and too busy for too long. Ongoing stress like coping on a low income, facing rising debt, or feeling lonely and isolated can lead to depression.
If you’ve been feeling down more often than not over the past two weeks or more, and you’ve stopped enjoying things that used to be fun, you might be experiencing depression.
Check the symptoms below – if you tick three or more it is likely you may be experiencing depression
- Finding it hard to feel interested in things
- Wanting to avoid friends and everyday activities
- Difficulty concentrating or decision-making
- Either losing interest in eating, or over-eating
- Losing weight when you are not dieting, or gaining weight
- Having disturbed sleep or, alternatively, wanting to sleep all the time
- Thinking about, or planning, suicide
- Having unpleasant negative thoughts, such as feeling guilty or that you are unworthy
- Pain and/or headaches that don’t seem to have a physical cause
People sometimes get depressed for no obvious reason – the heavy feelings just seem to come out of the blue. Some families seem more vulnerable to becoming depressed after relatively mild stress. No matter how you become depressed, the effects can be debilitating and will affect all aspects of your life and relationships if left untreated.
Rather than feeling lethargic, unmotivated, and hopeless talk to your friends and/or family or us at Journeys Counselling about what is troubling you.