I’ve written a lot about my own experience of depression and how it has impacted on both my life and that of my family. But for someone who has never experienced depression, is concerned they may be depressed, or is worried about someone close, having it more clearly defined might be helpful. I’ve taken the following information from the Aware website.

There is a difference between depression with a little ‘d’ – which we all get – and depression with a big ‘D’. Depression with a little ‘d’ is a natural response to having a bad day or hearing sad news. Depression with a big ‘D’ is when your whole energy and concentration is down and you are struggling to focus. It is a mental health condition which affects a person’s thinking, energy, feelings and behaviour. It’s not just having a bad day. If you have symptoms of depression you may not want to talk about it. However, talking about how you feel to your GP or family is a positive first step in learning how to manage Depression.

What does depression look like?

Depression has eight main symptoms. If you experience five or more of these symptoms, lasting for a period of two weeks or more, you should speak to a GP or mental health professional. The symptoms of depression are:

• Feeling sad, anxious or bored
• Low energy, feeling tired or fatigued
• Under-sleeping or over-sleeping,waking frequently during the night
• Poor concentration, thinking slowed down
• Loss of interest in hobbies, family or social life
• Low self-esteem and feelings of guilt
• Aches and pains with no physical basis, e.g. chest, head or tummy pain associated with anxiety or stress
• Loss of interest in living, thinking about death, suicidal thoughts

Treatment Options

There are a number of treatment options for depression and other types of mood disorder. The best and most appropriate treatment option depends on the individual case, the likely cause of depression and the severity of symptoms. Treatments usually come under two main headings: medication and talking therapies. In some cases, a combination of both might be the most appropriate treatment plan for that individual.


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  1. I have been having a terrible time finding doctors, therapist, or psychiatrists that will take my insurance. I was diagnosed a few years ago with Major Depression, PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder. I have struggled to the point of staying employed is hard, enjoying my family seems like it takes too much energy, and I seem to get no where with research. This is the first time in months I have even searched for suggests or ideas. It’s much easier to ask online than call or go somewhere because you may be let down. Which from what I have read, you probably understand that.

  2. Great reading thank you.it like your telling my story.my husband has been suffering with depression since he lost 2bros dad and uncle to sucide. We are taking things day by day .i always say it might be a bad day but its not a bad life tommoro is yet to come.it cant rain on us forever.the rain will stop and the sunshine will come

  3. I know more about depression than I’d like to, really. But over the years I’ve started to question how society, and I myself, frame depression. In particular as regards anger. In many ways, depression is the result of not knowing how to deal with loss or trauma in a healthy way…and anger is invariably a part of that. I realize there’s stigma to being depressed. And I don’t go around flaunting it. But all in all it’s more socially acceptable to be a depressed victim than an angry psychopath. All that makes sense of course. But I wonder if we’re getting anywhere by emphasizing the sad, victim role of the depressed person. (And it gets worse when they claim it’s all biological…). So, especially as a woman, I wonder if this is, socially, a type of trade-off…”you get to have the ‘depressed’ label and the identity…and in return please keep quiet politically and otherwise”…somehow….. My take.

    1. It’s really interesting that you commented on this page at this particular moment in time. My whole understanding of mental health and ‘illness’ is changing dramatically, and I’m coming round more and more to the idea that it’s not biological at all, but as you say, a response to trauma of some form. I actually decided just a few days ago that I need to change this page entirely to reflect what I’ve learned and now believe. Thank you for reminding me!!
      Also, take a look at this site, you might find it interesting – http://www.mindproblem.com/

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