Persistent low mood that causes feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and loss of interest in day to day activities.
A depressive episode can cause disturbances of sleep, appetite, concentration, and when severe can lead to thoughts that life isn’t worth living.
Having depression and often with anxiety doesn’t happen because you’re weak and often one cannot just ‘get over it’. It requires a management plan and often with the support of a professional.
Symptoms include the following;
- Poor concentration
- Disturbed sleep
- Reduced appetite
- Suicidal ideology
- Physical aches and pain
And in children, we often see a slight variation of the above such as clinginess, worry anger, and poor attendance at school.
Get Emergency Help
If you have any thoughts of harming yourself or that of suicide immediately contact help via 999, Good Samaritan (116 123), your GP or reach out to a loved one.
If you know of a loved one that is struggling with depression, with thoughts of suicide then make sure they are not on their own. Contact 999 or 111 for further support and guidance.
There are many theories regarding the cause of depression but this is not still fully understood.
- Biology- science suggests that people with depression appear to have physical changes in their brains.
- Hormones- in the body’s regulation of hormones for instance during pregnancy and following delivery these changes can lead to postpartum depression.
- Genes- depression can be more common in individuals with a family history.
Can Stress Cause Anxiety Or Depression?
Yes. This is why there has been a recent significant increase in the presentation of anxiety with depression.
Stress causes the individual to feel overwhelmed, unable to focus and at it’s worst feelings of hopelessness. If there is a lack of good social support or coping strategies often due to childhood trauma, physical illness, or personality traits it develops into a depressive episode.
Right now many have lost loved ones, jobs, their homes and with continued fear of catching Covid-19 to not have some level of stress would be difficult.
Other triggers include physical or sexual abuse, co-existing mental health disorders, and abuse of alcohol or drugs.
But what I want you to know if any of this is something you may be dealing with is that you can get better. Not only are you equipped to start your discovery, but there are also many resources out there to support you and that’s why we at Soulful Pursuit do what we do.