Help within reach for depression sufferers

AS my next Women Connecting Women event is on strategy mental health in Australia, I thought I would use this article to bring awareness once again to depression.

It can never be addressed enough as it continues to grow in our society.

More heart-wrenching realization was during the programs I have been delivering at schools and universities over the past few years.

Depression is an illness that causes sadness and decreases the interest in all the activities of life, physical as well as emotional.

People with depression feel that their life in not worth living and they often try to commit suicide.

Depression may affect all people during some part of their life.

In some people it comes and passes soon, whereas some individuals are not able to cope with the depressive situations of life and they continue to suffer, which affects their physical as well as mental health.

Conventional treatment for depression includes habit-forming remedies which produce many other side effects and a person becomes addicted to these remedies.

People suffering from depression should not lose hope and should look for support emotionally as well as other means.

There is no shame in seeking help, it is better than having to suffer it alone when so much is out there, just reach out.

What are the symptoms of depression? There are no uniform symptoms of depression.

Some people experience symptoms of depression whereas others may not.

The severity of the symptoms depends upon how long one has suffered from it. Some common signs and symptoms of depression are:

  • A person suffering from depression will have a constant feeling of sadness, anxiety and nervousness.
  • There is a feeling of negativity in mind and everything seems boring and useless.
  • Person becomes hopeless for everything in life.
  • Person becomes restless and moves from one place to another anxiously.
  • Irritability, headache, anger may occur frequently.
  • A person does not have any interest in daily activity and work which they enjoyed at one time.
  • There is low level of energy and person feels tired and weak.
  • There is loss of sleep or person may sleep too much.
  • There is loss of concentration and cannot remember the names and other necessary things of daily life.
  • Person is unable to make decisions; it becomes difficult to find interest in anything.
  • Eating habits also change and they may eat too much or lose complete appetite.
  • There are suicidal thoughts and a person with depression may attempt to commit suicide.
  • There may be digestive disorders that may occur as a result of depression

Please be conscious of those close to you and any change in behaviours, children in particular.

Children withdraw especially in cases of bullying. They feel isolated and deeply wish for support, a shoulder, comfort and understanding.

NEED HELP Call beyondblue on 1300 224 636, MiNetworks on 1800 985 944 or Lifeline on 131 144.