Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up, it is a serious mood disorder. It can be life threatening. With the right treatment and support, most people with depression can make a full recovery.
Having symptoms of depression is one of the most common reasons for people seeing their Doctor. The symptoms of depression can be complex and vary widely between people.
You feel sad, feeling hopeless, losing interest in things you used to enjoy, symptoms being bad enough to interfere with your work, social life, and family life.
Continuous low mood or sadness, feeling hopeless and helpless.
Having no motivation or interest in things, finding it difficult to make decisions, not getting any enjoyment out of life, feeling anxious or worried and having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself.
Moving or speaking more slowly than usual, changes in appetite or weight (usually decreased, but sometimes increased), lack of energy, low sex drive (loss of libido), changes to your menstrual cycle.
Disturbed sleep like finding it difficult to fall asleep at night or waking up early in the morning, avoiding contact with friends and taking part in fewer social activities, neglecting your hobbies and interests and having problems in your home and family life.
Many people try to cope with their symptoms without realising they arere unwell. It can sometimes take a friend or family member to suggest something is wrong.
Many people with depression benefit by making lifestyle changes, such as getting more exercise, cutting down on alcohol, giving up smoking and eating healthily.
Reading a self-help book or joining a support group are also worthwhile. They can help you gain a better understanding about what causes you to feel depressed.
Sharing your experiences with others in a similar situation can also be supportive.
Treatment for depression can involve a combination of
Your recommended treatment will be based on whether you have mild, moderate, or severe depression.
When do you get in touch with Sandsclinic?
Many people wait a long time before seeking help for depression, but it is best not to delay. The sooner you see a doctor, the sooner you can be on the way to recovery.
We understand low mood may improve after a short time. If you have been feeling low for more than a few days, we could discuss management options and try to help make you feel better.
Please remember you are not in this alone.