What is Depression?
Depression in mild form can be described as feeling sad but in its severest form can be life threatening, it can make us feel suicidal. If these feelings of sadness continue over a prolonged period of time then it is time to try to get some help if you can.
Depression is different for everyone, some just feel like they are in a black hole, some cannot get out of bed, some people isolate themselves, shut themselves away from life. Some people need to keep busy to stop them thinking, as a distraction. Some people self-harm as a way of releasing the pain, to keep them away from their thoughts. Some people eat to excess to feel happy, then feel bad about themselves afterwards, some people exercise to extremes trying to hold onto those endorphins, others drink or take drugs because it is easier than dealing with the pain. Whatever you do or have done to cope, you are not alone.
You have more power over depression than you may think. By taking small but positive steps day by day, you’ll have a level of understanding and coping mechanisms relating to depression and find yourself feeling happier, healthier, and more hopeful again.