Dealing with Depression
- Do you find yourself feeling down, lonely, depressed, crying at the drop of a hat or feeling overwhelmingly hurt by what others say and do?
- Are your emotions controlling your life, affecting your relationships, your performance at work and holding you back?
- Are you lacking the energy and the motivation to do the things you want to do, including simple everyday activities?
Earlier this month was World Health Day and the World Health Organisation’s focus in the coming year is on helping people worldwide to seek and get help with depression.
WHO notes that “Depression can be prevented and treated….Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. More than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.”
When we go through significant experiences in life eg. relationship break up, financial problems, a business failure, retrenchment, loss of a loved one, accidents, injuries, illnesses, etc, some people cope with these events well, while others find it difficult to cope and can become depressed by these circumstances. They may lose motivation, confidence, self-esteem, focus and energy and may get caught up in the emotions and self doubts around these events.
If you think someone you know may be experiencing depression or you would like to assist them to more effectively deal with any significant life experience and prevent depression:
- offer them support by taking the time to listen to them
- offer them some free resources to help them
- suggest that they speak with a professional – there are plenty of professionals available to help as am I to further support them. I am happy to also recommend professionals in my network to people who require additional specialist help.
Thank you for supporting people with depression to recover and live more fulfilling lives.
I look forward to continuing to empower you and others, and to create an empowered society!
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