9 Facts You Need To Know About Depression 

It’s 2022, and life has been pretty hard the past three years. COVID-19, lockdowns, job losses, isolation from families and friends – they all add up. If you are feeling down and blue, you are not alone. But how do you know if you are depressed or just feeling down? This is when talking to a mental health professional or your GP can help if you have been feeling down for a period of time, and it’s impacting on your functioning or you are feeling distressed by this. Read on for 9 facts you need to know about depression:

1. Depression is really common. Here are some eye-opening statistics for New Zealand

· 1 in 7 will experience depression before they are 24 years old

· 1 in 8 men will experience depression

· 1 in 5 women will experience depression

· 1 in 4 New Zealanders will experience anxiety

· 1 in 5 people with depression or anxiety will experience both at the same time

2. It’s not just in New Zealand – globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression (World Health Organization)

3. Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide (World Health Organization)

4. More women are affected by depression than men.

5. How do you know if you are depressed? Below are common symptoms of depression. In order to be diagnosed with depression, you would need at least 5 or more of these symptoms for two weeks or longer.

· Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day

· Diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities increase in appetite nearly every day

· A slowing down of thought and a reduction of physical movement (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness or being slowed down)

· Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day.

· Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly every day

· Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day.

· Recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide.

6. Depression is treatable and there are many different treatment options available that can suit you and your needs. The important factors are 1) Taking care of your physical health so getting enough sleep, exercise and eating well, and 2) Reaching out and getting support from other people; whether that’s friends, families or health professionals.

7. There are lots of free helplines in New Zealand. I used to work in Depression and Lifeline Helpline, and volunteered for 8 years at Youthline so I am really passionate about counselling helplines. They are amazing supports for everyone. Here are their details:

· Need to Talk (24/7), call 1737, or text 1737

· Depression Helpline (24/7) 0800 111 757, or text 4202

· Lifeline Helpline (24/7) 0800 543 354, text 4357

· Youthline Helpline 0800 376 633, text 234

8. I want you to know that there is hope. Here is one of my favourite quotes – “There is always hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t” (John Green).

9. Reach out to health professionals like your GP, midwife or you can self-refer to Clinical Psychologists like me.

12 thoughts on “9 Facts You Need To Know About Depression ”

  1. I must thank you for the efforts youve put in penning this site. I am hoping to check out the same high-grade blog posts by you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my very own blog now 😉

  2. ephapavem1971

    Respected casino https://biamo.bet/ that pays. Prompt payouts, pay any way you want. Many different online games, slots. Huge selection of sports betting, online streaming, work all over the world. Click and win with us

  3. A secret weapon for anyone who needs content. I dont need to tell you how important it is to optimize every step in your SEO pipeline. But unfortunately, its nearly impossible to cut out time or money when it comes to getting good content. At least thats what I thought until I came across Article Forge. Built by a team of AI researchers from Stanford, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, Article Forge is an AI content writer that uses deep learning models to research, plan out, and write entire articles about any topic with the click of a button. Their team trained AI models on millions of articles to teach Article Forge how to draw connections between topics so that each article it writes is relevant, interesting and useful. All their hard work means you just enter a few keywords and Article Forge will write a complete article from scratch making sure every thought flows naturally into the next, resulting in readable, high quality, and unique content. Put simply, this is a secret weapon for anyone who needs content. I get how impossible that sounds so you need to see how Article Forge writes a complete article with the Click Here:👉 https://stanford.io/3FXszd0

  4. 👉 $5,000 FREE EXCHANGE BONUSES BELOW 📈 👉 PlaseFuture FREE $3,000 BONUS + 0% Maker Fees 📈 + PROMOCODE FOR NEWS USERS OF THE EXCHANGE 👉 [M0345IHZFN] — 0.01 BTC 👉 site: https://buycrypto.in.net Our site is a secure platform that makes it easy to buy, sell, and store cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and More. We are available in over 30 countries worldwide.

  5. 👉 👉 $5,000 FREE EXCHANGE BONUSES BELOW 📈 👉 PlaseFuture FREE $3,000 BONUS + 0% Maker Fees 📈 + PROMOCODE FOR NEWS USERS OF THE EXCHANGE 👉 [M0345IHZFN] — 0.01 BTC 👉 site: https://buycrypto.in.net Our site is a secure platform that makes it easy to buy, sell, and store cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and More. We are available in over 30 countries worldwide.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *