Am I depressed?
Depression is a common and treatable mood disorder that affects individuals of all ages, races, and genders. It's important to understand that depression differs from normal feelings of sadness, and seeking support from a qualified professional is the most effective first step to regaining control.
Comes and goes
Often lasts only a few hours
Is triggered by something obvious
Often passes after a few days
Typically only impacts certain areas of life
Lasts throughout the day and is often worse in the morning
Is a persistent feeling of low mood
Often has no obvious triggers
Can impact all aspects of a person's life
Is characterised by low moods lasting at least two weeks but often much longer
Causes of depression
Depression is characterised by persistent feelings of sadness, and a lack of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can worsen if left untreated and develop alongside other conditions such as anxiety, ADHD, or autism.
Sadness and depression are often mistaken for one another, but there are key differences between the two. Sadness is a temporary feeling that comes and goes, is triggered by something obvious, and lasts only a few hours to a few days. Meanwhile, depression is a persistent feeling of low mood that doesn't seem to disappear. Often, there's no apparent trigger, and it can affect all aspects of a person's life.
The causes of depression
Depression can be caused by environmental and biological factors such as imbalanced brain chemicals, differences in brain structure, and genetic predisposition. In addition, childhood experiences, such as trauma, neglect, abuse, or grief, can also increase the likelihood of depression developing depression later in life.
Depression does not discriminate and affects people of all ages, races, and genders. Research shows that more women are diagnosed with depression than men. This may be due to societal factors such as seeking help more readily, hormonal fluctuations and heightened sensitivities to brain chemicals like serotonin.
Despite what some people think, depression isn't something that can just be "snapped out of", and it's vital to seek support and treatment if you're struggling. With the right resources and support, people with depression can go on to live happy and fulfilled lives.
Take the first step to reclaiming control of your life and find hope in your journey. Reach out for help today and talk to a qualified professional about your experiences with depression. You are not alone; together, we can work towards finding a solution that works for you.