We all feel sad or low at some point in our lives and this is a normal reaction to experiences that are upsetting and stressful. If these feelings are starting to interfere with your life and don't go away after a couple of weeks, or if they come back, over and over again, it could be a sign that you're depressed in the medical sense of the term.
Depression presents itself in many different ways. You may not realise what's going on, because sometimes your problems seem to be more physical, rather than mental or emotional.
“Depression for me manifested itself in a physical form, I experienced a loss of appetite, problems sleeping, tiredness, loss of concentration and I wasn’t able to enjoy things I usually really enjoyed. I didn’t realise that I was in fact suffering with depression and I had lived with it for many years. I was surprised to find how quickly I started to feel better once I learnt more about depression and began to find help.”
Depression Awareness Week is taking place 15th to 21st April 2013 to raise awareness and to try to end the stigma associated with depression. Within our Trust, we run a Wolverhampton Healthy Minds Service, helping local people who are experiencing common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and stress. Access to this service can be made through your GP. They can help by offering:
- Stepping Forward Classes
- A Computerised CBT Programme
- A range of Self-Management Resources
Below are some of the self management resources the team in the service encourage sufferers to use. Why not take a look for yourself?
If you would like to know more about depression you can find useful information on the following websites: