Signs of depression
Based on the aware.ie website Depression is a very common condition which affects 1 in 10 people at any one time, 450,000 people in Ireland alone. Any one of us, irrespective of age, gender or background can be affected. Depression can happen suddenly as a result of physical illness, experiences dating back to childhood, unemployment, bereavement, family problems or other life-changing events.
Recovery is possible, early recognition and ongoing support are key to a positive outcome.
Signs and symptoms of depression
• Tiredness and loss of energy.
• Sadness that doesn’t go away.
• Loss of self-confidence and self-esteem.
• Difficulty concentrating.
• Not being able to enjoy things that are usually pleasurable or interesting.
• Feeling anxious all the time.
• Avoiding other people, sometimes even your close friends.
• Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
• Sleeping problems – difficulties in getting off to sleep or waking up much earlier than usual.
• Very strong feelings of guilt or worthlessness.
• Finding it hard to function at work/college/school.
• Loss of appetite.
• Loss of sex drive and/or sexual problems.
• Physical aches and pains.
• Thinking about suicide and death.
There are a number of treatment options available – medication, talk therapies, lifestyle changes or a combination of these. It is important to follow the treatment plan that has been put in place with you.
If you feel that you are affected ask for help.
It is never too late to change. The power is within you.
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