What is depression?

Depression is when you have strong feelings that have a long-term affect on your everyday life. Depression must not be confused with having a bad day or feeling disappointed about something because these feelings usually go away and do not affect your everyday life. The great news is that depression is a fully recoverable illness and approximately 80% of people who suffer from depression feel better within a few weeks / months.

Depressed signs and symptoms

  • I feel sad.
  • I feel like crying a lot.
  • I feel alone.
  • I can’t concentrate.
  • I have difficulty falling asleep or I awaken and then I can’t get back to sleep.
Photo of fresh fruit. From FreeDigialPhotos.com

Photo of fresh fruit. From FreeDigialPhotos.com

Coping with depression

The NHS offer good tips for those who are suffering from depression. They include: being active, facing your fears and maintaining a routine. Good mental health requires a healthy balance and lifestyle.

Eating well and getting at least 5 of your 5-a-day can help you to feel better. There are many practical ways to do this: you might want to drink orange juice in the morning; eat fruits as a healthy snack and include a large piece of cucumber in your lunch. But it is important to note that a variety of fruit and vegetables is key to a healthy, balanced diet. To read more about practical tips you might want to look at NetDoctor.co.uk

Please note: You should seek professional advice if you are suffering from depression.

Is mental illness common?

In short, yes! Anxiety, bipolar, anorexia, depression, OCD, personality disorder are schizophrenia are common in the UK. The good news is that mental health illnesses are treatable and you can “get on” with life if you have a mental health illness.

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References

  1. NHS. (2013) Tips for coping with depression. [Online]
  2. Macnair, P (2013) Five portions of fruit and veg a day.
  3. Moragne, W. (2011) Depression. Minneapolis: Lener Publishing Group Inc.
  4. Royal College of Psychiatry.