What is Depression?
My experience of Depression
For me, I am mentally and physically drained of all life. A black rain cloud follows me around and I'm constantly in a state of numbness. I become detached from society, hollow and people describe me as physically being there but when they look in my eyes, Rachel is vacant. I don't want to go out with my friends, see my family or even watch a funny film with my fiancee. All I want to do is sleep, take another pill until the overpowering feeling of emptiness and despair shrivels aways. I can be hit with this feeling constantly for 6 months and then feel full of life and enthusiasm for another 3. Then the cycle starts again. This is how I experience my dysthymia and how I have done for the past 7 years.
Health professionals may diagnose depression as mild, moderate or severe. This gives a standing point on what sort of impact your symptoms are having on you at the moment and can determine what kind of treatment you are offered or advised upon.
What is your next step?
If you think you have symptoms of depression or someone you know does, I would strongly advise speaking to someone you trust and making an appointment to see your GP.
I know how scary it can be, trust me I have been there and ran the marathon. But, taking charge and owning the responsibility of your life now will only bring greatness for the future.
A Blog Post that might help
If you would like some pointers on how to approach an appointment with your GP and what to say, check out my What to say at your first GP appointment? post.
Disclaimer: some of the material featured in this post was sourced from mind.org.uk