Depression is an extreme sadness/despair that lasts for weeks, months even years. It is profound pain that cannot be seen physically.
Some forms include:
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Postpartum depression
- Depression & anxiety
- Major depressive disorder
- Depression related to mental health issues like bipolar or psychosis even substances uses.
- Dysthymia –chronic low mood with moderate symptoms of depression
Depression affects all parts of you
- Significant weight gain or weight loss
- Unexplained aches & pains
- Loss of energy or sluggish
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Can’t concentrate/focus
- Brain “fog”
- Imagine the worst
- Suicidal ideation
- Overwhelmed Unworthy
- Losing control of emotions
- Loss of interest in favourite activities
- Life feels hopeless
- Feel like giving up
- Isolating yourself
- Questioning meaning of life
- Lost identity
- Loss of faith
Did you know?
Depression can happen to children, youth, adults & elders
Depression can be caused by
- Family history: if a close relative had it, you may experience it
- Life events: separation/divorce, death, chronic pain or illness, job/financial losses & grief etc
- Your story: childhood abuses (sexual, physical, emotional or verbal), trauma or abandonment. Substance misuse.
- Environment stresses: family conflicts, neglect, violent environment, or financial stress
- Biological factors: hormonal or chemical imbalances
- Thoughts & behaviours: always thinking bad things will happen. Thoughts going in circles.
Some things you can do
Talk to someone you can trust
Spend time outside or in the bush/land
Talk with an Elder or a traditional healer
Some western approaches
- Medications such as anti-depressants can help & relieve symptoms. There are many so talk with a doctor for the best one for you. Meds can take up to several weeks to start working.
- Talk therapy can mean talking to a psychiatrist, social worker, psychotherapist, psychoeducator, counselor, psychologist or a trusted therapist. You can discuss which types of therapy would be helpful for you.
If you feel that your symptoms are too overwhelming or feel that a loved one is experiencing them - please contact your local clinic and seek help. It's not a sign of weakness but strength that you want help.