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It's like a black cloud that swirls above you, around you, and through you. Always hovering. Threatening to invade your everyday routines. Almost always succeeding in undermining your sense of control. Robbing you of a hope for yourself, for your future. Then there are the thoughts. They don't let up. Telling you that you are worthless, that you have a lot to be guilty for. Even if you could stand up from a lift in your spirits, the weight of the worthlessness pushes you down again. Depression.
Feeling blue or low in mood is something we all feel. However, when your mood starts to spiral downwards to a point when it affects your functioning, your sleep and eating patterns, and casts a pervasive negativity on the smallest details of your life - yourself, you are could be affected by Major Depressive Disorder. Major Depressive Disorder is a condition that affects many Australians. The depression is characterised by major shifts in four main areas of a person's wellbeing. It affects a person physically: affecting sleep, eating and weight, incurring lethargy and fatigue and may be accompanied by somatic ailments. Commonly feelings of worthlessness, guilt, irritability and profound sadness are accompanied by negative thoughts around failure, being unloveable, self-blame and suicidality. A person's behaviour is impacted and withdrawal from friends and family, decreasing social activities and being unable to enjoy pleasant events or feeling a sense of achievement is common. Some might turn to alcohol or sedatives to help numb the pain.
Depression can affect the young and the old. It can occur as a reaction to a stressful situation (in which case it maybe depression due to an adjustment to a stressor. It could be related to having a new baby. Or it may be something that you have felt for a long time that builds in intensity and frequency.
The swirling blackness is not the last say. Depression is very treatable. We have mounting evidence about what helps with depression. Take a moment to consider that you could part the cloud, inch by inch, day by day, and feel better.