Depression. How to get the help you need?
Think you might have Depression?
Where do you get help and information if you think you have depression or any other mental health issue? How do you best support a family member or friend that has mental health issues? These are the questions that face nearly everyone of us during our life time.
GPs are reporting an 85% increase in patients with mental health conditions. The latest studies show that 1 in 3 GP appointments involve a mental health component. When you take into consideration the number of family members and friends trying to support people through conditions like depression and anxiety, more than half the UK population are affected by mental health conditions.
The World Health Organisation report that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. The good news is that people are more likely to talk about metal health issues than ever before. It helps when the likes of J K Rowling, Danny Rose, Adele and Prince Harry talk about their struggles with their mental health, it lets others know that it is okay to feel like they do and that these clinical conditions can affect anyone at any time in their life.
What does Depression Feel Like?
What is the difference between low mood and depression?
According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the feeling of depression is deeper, longer and more unpleasant than the short episodes of unhappiness that everyone experiences occasionally.
You will notice:
- persistent sadness or low mood
- not being able to enjoy things
- losing interest in life
- finding it harder to make decisions
- not coping with things that used to be easy
- feeling exhausted
- feeling restless and agitated;
- loss of appetite and weight
- difficulties getting to sleep
- loss of sex drive
- thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
How can you help someone with Depression?
Many people will choose to speak to their friends and family before they speak to a Health Care Professional. For this reason, as individuals and as a nation, the quicker we can access up to date and accurate information about Mental Health issues and the variety of support services that are available, the better placed we will be in helping friends and family find the support services they need most.
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