Depression is a real illness.
Of those who have been lucky enough to escape depression, many will think that this illness is just an exaggerated feeling of sadness.
In some ways it is. But depression consumes you. From one extreme to another it could just be that a person will always feel down and stressed, or if left untreated, could lead to suicidal attempts.
Depression can make you feel like you have been pulled into the darkness with all your energy drained from you. Everyday you could wish that you wont wake up. You could live your life like a robot, void of emotions and just feel empty.
If you have a friend or loved one who is having a bad day, you would try to help them right? Well don’t ignore the signs if someone you know or love is miserable for a long stretch of time. Depression can be a serious and long term problem. Don’t turn your back on someone important to you. Listen to them, talk to them, or make sure they go to someone who can help them.
It’s not practical to be signed off from work on sick leave. Especially if you are self employed, or have a family with young children, or have a demanding job that requires your personal attendance.
But something as simple as tablets can help change everything. It can help to clear your mind, lift your spirits and help you fight the battle back to reality. Doctors are more than supportive if you could only make the first step through that door and to talk.
Sometimes it’s easier to tell your problems to a medical professional (doctor/nurse). Anything you say is kept confidential and they should know how to help you best as long as you are honest with them.
It could well be the difference between life and death.
Sorry today’s blog is a bit sad, serious and depressing. Some days after a long week at work, I can’t sleep. Then my mind starts to wander and today, the subject I was thinking about was depression.
I want to remind people that it’s ok to admit to needing help. Sometimes it’s just that little boost that can help to put you back on the right path.