Very few people feel "up" all the time. Although most peoples’ moods fluctuate, or swing, some people experience stronger swings than others. Having a down day or two from time to time, responding when things aren’t going as they ideally "should", is normal. Sometimes our lives are difficult and it is natural that our moods lower in reaction to these difficulties. This isn’t pleasant to go through, but generally, we understand why we feel unhappy and we expect or remain hopeful that things will improve sooner or later.
To cope, some seek family or friends out for support, while others may choose to exercise more. Others crave a few days on their own, withdrawing a little until they feel better. Some may use drink, or other drugs as a shorter-term strategy to numb the pain, or give a lift. Whether we access support from outside people or things, or from inner resilience, we generally feel better after a while, adjust, move on and hopefully, resume normal healthy functions.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
Sometimes things get more out of hand. People might notice that they are increasingly withdrawing from outside company because they don’t feel interesting, or worthwhile. They may begin turning down invitations or not calling their friends. They start to notice their thoughts are more and more negative, life seems to have no colour or pleasure. Sleeping patterns can change, it may be difficult to get to sleep, or there may be really early wakenings, with difficulties returning to sleep.
Sufferers of depression may experience weight and appetite fluctuations, whether it be up or down and sex drive may lower or disappear completely. Motivation seems to evaporate. Some can feel really empty, while others can feel really agitated and upset. There can be feelings of guilt or shame and people will often see themselves as being "weird" or as "losers" and feel very alone. Sometimes, very dark thoughts seem to emerge from nowhere and the idea of ending it all might keep coming, as if from nowhere.
When to act
If these types of feelings are noticed for more than a few days, you or the person of concern is probably clinically depressed. This is not easy; it is a profound biological (chemical) mental emotional and social problem and it may take a long time to get better without treatment. Some people try to struggle on in silence, sometimes for years with this terrible quality of life, while their relationships, friendships, work roles and responsibilities all suffer.
This goes on and on until they start to feel that this experience might not be worth living. It is very important to act on any awareness that you may be experiencing Depression, and arrange support, and treatment. Less time spent depressed means less time to build unhealthy habits of avoidance, self-medicating, practising thinking negative thoughts, less time to dig in to a deteriorating health and lifestyle.
Treatment for Depression
Whether this is a first episode, a recurrence, or you are not sure what is going on, calling Rosalind or your GP is an excellent first step. Whether medication is prescribed or natural therapy is preferred, or indicated, Rosalind works with clients and their GP’s to reduce the symptoms of depression, to increase peoples’ feelings of control and understanding, and to change any causative factors to reduce the possibility of future recurrences. Rosalind works with you to get back to normal, or better than what was your past normal. Together we reduce the risk of future episodes. Why not arrange a private confidential consultation to start the process of getting back in charge?
To get in touch with Rosalind, please refer to the Contact page or Phone her on 07 55 911 411.