Depression can be a horrible thing to live through. You feel exhausted, unenthused, sadder than anything. You feel like sleeping all day, keeping anti-social hours. You withdraw from social contact and exist in a shell, keeping the world away from you.
Depression can afflict many of us at various times in our lives. It is not a sign of weakness to suffer from depression, no matter what our heads might be telling us at the time.
I know what it’s like to live with depression—I have lived with it at various stages of my life, and have no doubt I will live with it again.
I know there are some things I can do to help lessen the burden of depression in myself, and I can tell you about them, in a secure setting.
What some people THINK causes depression:
- An inability to ‘suck it up’
What ACTUALLY causes depression:
- Grief and loss
- Excess stress
- Being ‘the carer’ at the expense of one’s own wellbeing
- Genetic factors
- Lack of fulfilment
- Lifestyle factors
- Body image issues
- Lack of social support
- Low self-esteem
I also counsel depressed teenagers.