How to iden­tify the signs of de­pres­sion so you can fight it

Gloucestershire Echo - - HEALTH & LIFESTYLE - WITH DR EL­LIE MILBY

peo­ple eat­ing more than usual and oth­ers feel­ing like their ap­petite has dis­ap­peared. It also af­fects sleep, with sleep­ing more or less than usual both very com­mon. Emo­tion­ally, de­pres­sion can make peo­ple more ir­ri­ta­ble than usual. Peo­ple may find them­selves cry­ing eas­ily and get­ting up­set over things that didn’t seem to bother them much be­fore. Other peo­ple feel numb and empty, like they don’t feel any­thing any­more. De­pres­sion also af­fects the way we think, so thoughts can be­come un­help­fully bi­ased and we’re more likely to in­ter­pret things in a neg­a­tive way which fu­els de­pres­sion fur­ther.

All in all, de­pres­sion tends to make peo­ple feel bad about them­selves, which dam­ages self-es­teem and of­ten leads peo­ple to with­draw and iso­late them­selves from oth­ers.

De­pres­sion af­fects every­body in dif­fer­ent ways. It won’t be the same for any two peo­ple.

If you’re con­cerned that you may have de­pres­sion, then it’s im­por­tant to speak to your GP.

They can help you find out if you do have de­pres­sion and ac­cess the right treat­ment where ap­pro­pri­ate.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to ac­cess a range of help­ful re­sources, visit mind.org.uk and search “de­pres­sion symp­toms”.

Dr El­lie Milby is a coun­selling psychologi­st

De­pres­sion can leave you list­less and tired

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