Depression is an illness that pays no head to age, sex, race, or socioeconomic status. Anyone, anywhere can develop this devastating and lethal disease. Young, old, male female, rich or poor—no one is immune.
Depression is a chemical imbalance of the brain in which the “feel good” substance, known as dopamine, is no longer produced in adequate amounts. Left untreated, depression can prove fatal. The good news is depression can be treated. Education is the first step in the battle against this disease…
- It can be hereditary
- Caused by a situation or trauma
- Depression is part of bipolar –
Bipolar illness is a mood disorder characterized by periods of extreme highs, known as mania, and extreme lows, known as depression. The National institute of Mental Health estimates that approximately 1 in 5 patients with bipolar commit suicide.
Research has shown that 20-percent of adolescents with depression develop bipolar within 5-years of the onset of major depression. Of those afflicted with this condition, only 1 in 4 receives an accurate diagnosis within 3-years of developing symptoms. For others it can often take 10- or more years for an accurate diagnosis.
4. Depression distorts rational thinking
5. Depression DOES occur in children
6. Depression is overlooked in the elderly –
Depression in those over the age of 65-years-old is frequently overlooked and undertreated because of the coexistence of other late life maladies. These may include dementia, diabetes, hypertension, and anaemia.
Suicide rates in the elderly are high, only 10-percent of patients in this age group seek help. People age 80- to 84-years-old are twice as likely to commit suicide as other members of the general public. The stigma associated with mental illness also plays a role in the reluctance of elderly people to seek help.
7. Depression can be fatal –
Statistics from the CDC indicate that every 13-minutes a single death by suicide occurs.
How can you beat this enemy…..?
- Reach out and stay connected – really is important that we start talking to one another, either in a group situation or with friends and family…most importantly with mental health care professionals.
- Do things that make YOU feel good, not for others – going for walk (see, hear, touch, smell and feel your walk, you’ll notice things you didn’t before), hobbies – pick it back up if you’ve let it drift, is there a group or FaceBook page you can join relating to your hobby? Listen to music, as I type this, I have my diffuser on with geranium and ylang ylang essential oils and I’m listening to meditation music – I’m calm and focused, do some yoga at home, then when you are confident enough, join a group, try reading again, watch that uplifting film…..
- Get Moving – as above with the walking and yoga, or join a running group or download the app Couch to 5K, so many people I know have done this and kept running, try and find a partner to do these things with, share your experiences.
- Eat Well, depression fighting diet – don’t skip meals, minimise sugars and refined carbs, complex carbs are your friend, lack of vitamin B and folic acid can trigger depression, so make sure have plenty of this in your diet, boost your mood with omega 3 fatty oils , oily fish such a mackerel, herring, salmon will help stabilise your mood.
- Get a daily dose of sunshine – hard I know, but literally move yourself to that spot in the office when the sun shines in and bask, vitamin D is a vitamin we lack and is very important to our mental well being, open your curtains and blinds, have a coffee outside, eat outside (not easy in the winter, but a picnic works a treat), maybe invest in a light therapy box, these are very effective as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) can be avoided if the right steps are taken.
- Challenge negative thinking – Is it a thought or is it fact? Brush those unfriendly thoughts off you and move forward. Don’t let these cognitive distortions rule your life.
- Seek professional help – Anti depressants may help to begin with but will not help you long term and cognitive therapy is required to fix this condition. CBT, Hypnotherapy, Aromatherapy, Reiki, acupuncture and Acupressure, Reflexology, Counselling , Neuro Linguistic Programming…..
I hope this helps…..I’m here if you need to discuss and make the first step into recovery from this debilitating condition, you don’t have to live this way. NHS waiting list is currently running at 4-6 months, there are therapists like myself who are ready to help you.
If you are an employer or in management, please talk to me about how you can help your workforce, trust me you have people working for you in a very serious depression. A healthy workforce is a workforce to be reckoned with .
Let me leave you with a question…When was the last time you felt fantastic?
Love and Warmth
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