A lot has happened since 2009.
The internet and mobile phones have revolutionised communication.
There’s also been the rise of social media.
But depression is still a thing.
And it’s still a chronic disease.
Here’s our advice for those who are feeling down: What’s a depressive year?
Depression is the feeling that you’re feeling down.
The symptoms are not always obvious.
Depression can be caused by many things, including: anxiety, stress, sleep deprivation, poor diet, a stressful job, lack of socialising, family problems and relationships.
It can also be due to: problems with relationships, work, friends, self-care, alcohol, smoking, or even drugs.
It is a chronic condition.
But with the help of a psychiatrist and other professionals, it can be managed.
What are the signs and symptoms of depression?
The symptoms of a depressive episode can vary greatly.
The most common symptom is loss of interest, meaning you’re bored or bored of things.
You may be worried about how you’ll feel if you don’t get enough sleep or exercise.
It may also include: feeling unwell, feeling anxious, feeling depressed or sad, or experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
If you notice any of these, seek medical help immediately.
Depression symptoms can vary from person to person.
For example, if you’re a student, you may experience mood swings.
But if you have a disability, your symptoms may vary.
Do I have depression?
Depression can affect everyone, including those who have normal life experiences.
Some people with depression don’t know they have it or are afraid to admit it.
They may be concerned that it might be too difficult to manage.
Depression is not a mental illness.
It’s not a life-long condition.
It does not cause long-term damage to your body or mind.
People who are depressed are more likely to get or stay sick.
People with depression may also feel anxious and feel like they can’t cope with life.
Depression does not affect your ability to have or enjoy a healthy relationship or life.
If your depression has started, it may be time to seek medical treatment.
If it is a problem with your relationship, you’ll need to seek counselling and support from your GP.
How are you treated if you get depression?
If you think you have depression, you might: seek medical advice on how to manage your symptoms, or contact a psychiatrist, psychologist or other professional to help you find a more appropriate treatment option