What Is Depression and how do I control it?

What is depression?

Depression is a common but serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Left untreated, depression can be devastating for those who have it and their families.

6 Symptoms that may indicate depression

  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Feeling guilty or worthless
  • Loss of pleasure or interest in the activities that you once enjoyed
  • Feeling constantly fatigued and/or Loss of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, thinking, learning new things or making decisions
  • Suicidal thoughts

Depression facts and statistics

According to the American Psychiatric Association, Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year. And one in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression can strike at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to mid-20s. Women are more likely than men to experience depression. Some studies show that one-third of women will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime ( full source can be found here).

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the most common illness worldwide and the leading cause of disability. They estimate that 350 million people are affected by depression, globally.

Those stats are shocking but on the other side of the coin, I witness depression issues all around me. Friends, clients, family members and strangers on the street. It is disturbing to see people suffering, knowing what it is that they may be going through. As a sufferer yourself, you can relate to their pain and struggle. This is part of the reason as to why I launched this new media project. To find out more about this awesome, fun, online project that is totally free, head over to our new website here and see what we have planned.

National Alliance on Mental Illness explains that Depression does not have a single cause. It can be triggered by a life crisis, physical illness or something else—but it can also occur spontaneously. Scientists believe several factors can contribute to depression:

  • Brain changes
  • Genetics
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Trauma
  • Life circumstances
  • Other medical conditions

(The full source of information and description about these bullet points can be found here)

How I personally prevent or control my depression

My struggle has been tougher to control over the last few years and I think I know why.

When you search for answers about preventing depression, you will always stumble across information that advises you to carry out a form of physical activity. It sounds simple, but it is extremely tough to feel motivated enough to begin. During my time training for and being a member of the British Parachute Regiment which is known for having very tough and fit soldiers, I can not remember a time of feeling depressed, tired and unmotivated.  It is a regiment that prides itself on fitness with a motto ‘Ready for Anything’. So as a prevention measure, I began to incorporate a form of fitness into my week. Walking does not cut it for me, I must have a few sprints in there somewhere or the odd jog between the walking stride, this gives me the chance to breath the fresh air in and blow the toxic air out. Well, that is how the air feels to me, a detoxing moment on the path of feeling strong again.

So my advice would be to get out and about, early in the mornings is when I get the biggest boost, the birds are singing, the air is fresh and I will make you feel ready for the day.

Keeping my mind focused on achieving something step by step, like this blog for example. I know my grammar is not great, but it does not stop me from achieving my goal of sharing with those in need. Peoples needs are more important than my grammatical mistakes 🙂

Seeking help for depression

Seeking the help of a professional can help you tremendously because they may try to discover the route cause of your episodes of depression and help you to understand what sets you of. They may even show you how to structure your day, this helped me to take back some control.

Remember, Follow our journey and see what we are doing right here

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Stay Strong!

James

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