"One of the cruelties of depression is that it takes away our coping mechanisms just when we need them most and convinces that they will never come back and that it is our fault.  Just when you need all your resources, they are taken away"

The word depression is used in so many different ways.  Clinical depression is defined when symptoms last for two weeks and affects a person's physical, emotional and cognitive effects.  It interferes with the ability to work and to satisfy personal relationships

Definition - feelings of severe despondency and dejection.

Alternative Definitions - Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems

Effects of Depression

Unusually Sad Mood

That does not go away 

Lack of Energy/ Tiredness

Frequently resulting in tearfulness

Feeling guilty 

When things are not their fault

Difficulty concentrating

or in making decisions 

Difficulty Sleeping 

or sleeping too much.  Unable to get out of bed in the morning

Loss of enjoyment/interest

That you used to find enjoyable 

Loss of confidence

Poor self - esteem.  Lack of interest in personal appearance or personal hygiene

Suicidal thoughts

Wishing or believing they would be better off dead

Moving slowly, agitation, unable to settle

Becoming unusually agitated

Change in eating habits

Eating too much or too little, loosing or putting on weight

Depression affects the emotions, thinking, behaviour and physical wellbeing of a person.  It impacts people in different ways; 

Effects on Emotions - Sadness, Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Mood Swings, Lack of Emotional Responsiveness, Helplessness, Hopelessness

Effects on thinking - Self Criticism, self blame, worry, pessimism, impaired memory, concentration, indecisiveness, confusion, belief others see you in negative light, thoughts of death or suicide 

Effects on Behaviour - Crying, Withdrawal, Neglecting responsibilities, loss of interest in appearance and motivation 

Physical Effects - Fatigue, low energy, Lack or too much sleeping, Weight gain or loss, change in menstruation, loss of sexual desire, aches and pains 

There are several types of depression; 

Persistant 

Post Partum 

Psychotic

Seasonal Affective 

Bi polar 

Reading List 

Its not OK to feel Blue

Its not OK to feel Blue

Scarlett Curtis

This book could help

This book could help

Romiti Akinsete

Self Care for the Soul

Self Care for the Soul

Jody Shield

Cracked Not Broken

Cracked Not Broken

Kevin Hines

The Undervalued self

The Undervalued self

Elaine Aron

Unquiet Mind

Unquiet Mind

Kay Jamison

Maybe you should talk to someone

Maybe you should talk to someone

Lori Gottlieb

Depression is a liar

Depression is a liar

Danny Baker

Reasons to stay alive

Reasons to stay alive

Matt Haig

You can feel good again

You can feel good again

Richard Carlson

The other side of silence

The other side of silence

Linda Gask

Shoot the damn dog

Shoot the damn dog

Sally Brampton

Unmedicated

Unmedicated

Madison Taylor

If I could tell you just one thing

If I could tell you just one thing

Richard Reed

I had a black dog

I had a black dog

Matthew Johnstone

When things fall apart

When things fall apart

Pema Chodron

Affirmations

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Where to get Additional Support 

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust - www.cwmt.org.uk

Depression Alliance - www.depressionuk.org

Samaritans - Phone 116 123 (freephone)

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