Depression feels like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders and no matter how hard you try; you can’t seem to find a way to break free. It’s like walking in mud searching for stable ground. It’s like choking in the middle of a bustling market and nobody notices your need for help.
Depression is a severe state of apathy, hurt and sadness gift wrapped and delivered to people who have suffered through long-term periods of hardship, pain and sometimes abuse.
It can be mild and seasonal or it can be severe and constant. Depression left untreated can lead to thoughts of suicide. (Read our post on suicide to find out what you can do if you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviour)
Causes of depression
A person’s cause of depression will be unique and individual to them. There are however common characteristics.
• Difficult life events – long term unemployment, neglect as a child, abuse victim, isolation and
prolonged work stress
• Family history
• Personality – those with low self-esteem and who worry a lot, perfectionists, self-critical and
• Serious medical issues
• Drug and alcohol use
• Avoidance and isolation
• Substance use
• Lack of focus
• Irritable, overwhelmed, guilt, indecisive, apathetic
• Lethargy or insomnia
• Poor immune system
• Headaches and muscle pain
• Negative self-image and negative self-talk
Overcoming depression alone is difficult, if you are suffering from feelings of depression seek out a trusted friend you can speak to. Make time for fun activities and hobbies that you can enjoy with others. Connecting with people and creating positive memories is one of the best things you can do for your well-being.
It’s important to seek professional help early so you can be given tools to identify red flags in your behaviour that may lead to episodes of depression, and coping strategies to be able to get yourself out of a rut easily and effortlessly.
Here are some evidence-based therapies that get great results with depression
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
• Interpersonal Therapy
• Behaviour Therapy
• Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy