Called ‘the black dog’ by well-known sufferer Winston Churchill depression plagues all sectors of society for many different reasons.
Most of us have either suffered from depression or are likely to know a friend or family member who has, making it a very common concern.
Depression is a feeling of low mood that lasts for a long time and impacts you daily. Mildly you can lead a normal life, although things may feel harder to do and seem less worthwhile. Severe depression may lead to feelings of suicide. We all have times when we feel low, but when these feelings persist it may be time to try and access support. A first point of call would be your GP who can assess your mood and explore with you options for treatment, such as counselling or medication or a combination of both.
This is a brief overview of depression – please check out Mind’s website article for more detailed information, including various types of depression such as Postnatal Depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder. And please don’t forget at Rainbow we are here to help! Depression is an issue we work with a lot, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you are suffering or know someone who is.