Depression (sometimes referred to as clinical depression, major depressive disorder, or dysthmia) is a mood disorder characterised by persistent sadness which lasts for a few weeks or months. Depression can vary in severity and whilst some individuals may only experience one episode of depression in their lifetime, others can experience multiple episodes for extended periods of time.
Although at one time or another we all may experience fluctuations in our mood, and more specifically short lived periods of low mood, depression differs from this due to its long-lasting effects. Depression can cause great suffering and can impact multiple aspects of your life. You may experience difficulties at work, school or with your personal relationships with friends and family.
There are many successful treatments available for depression and it is important to find what works best for you. Whilst experiencing depression it can be difficult to remain hopeful, however it helps to remember that by finding the right treatment and support, most people with depression can make a full recovery.
Actions that can help
- Don’t keep it to yourself talk to someone you can trust
- Exercise benefits both your body and mind
- Avoid alcohol or recreational drug use
- Stay in touch with friends or family; don’t withdraw from your social groups
- Try to remain hopeful or positive; as depression can get better