Thursday, April 26, 2012
Lost in the dark...
This week is Depression Awareness Week, and although I have never been diagnosed with depression, I know it is something I have been affected with. Depression is a crippling illness which can lead to death (through suicide). Unfortunately for too long it is something that people have been ashamed to admit, dont recognise or just overlook as 'normal' blues. Many people expect that they should be able to cope with everything all the time, and to be depressed is a sign of weakness, but it is not. It is an illness like any other that needs treatment.
Of course, everyone gets down sometimes, especially when life is challenging but depression is something much worse that lasts longer, probably gradually getting worse. Sometimes, it can come in bouts, which can last for weeks, months or years.
Common signs of depression are:
Feelings of despair and failure
Lack of appetite and weight less
Trouble sleeping and tiredness
Nausea and other physical problems
If you think you or someone you know is suffering with depression, you must get help. There is no shame in asking for help. Everyone needs help from time to time.
A good source of help and information is Black Dog Tribe, a new resource started by Ruby Wax to provide support and information. They have a good facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BlackDogTribe.