More than half of Canadians have been diagnosed with major depression.
They’re often diagnosed when symptoms such as poor sleep, feeling unwell, anxiety, irritability and depression are not relieved by medication, according to a 2015 study by the Canadian Psychiatric Association.
The majority of patients have experienced depression since childhood.
And while the disorder is not a new diagnosis, there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding the condition.
We all know the story of Dr. Spock who lost his voice to a brain tumor, but what about those who suffer from depression, the ones who are still in the process of recovery, according Toe-sock-tied.
“The people that are struggling with depression don’t have to be in that phase, so they don’t really have to have depression to feel sad,” she said.
“It’s more a feeling of emptiness.”
If you’re feeling down, Toesocktock recommends getting support from friends and family.
If a friend or loved one is struggling, it’s time to ask them to speak up about it.
And if you’re struggling, if you don’t want to hurt your self-esteem, then don’t do it.
Toe‐sock‐tock is also against the idea of trying to suppress feelings.
For her, depression is a sign of the times.
In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Toesock shared the following advice: “We live in a very dynamic world right now, and the world is changing so fast, there’s so much pressure.
And people who don’t feel good are in a really bad place to feel good.
What I would say is to just make it a habit.
It’s not about stopping yourself from having a good day or not having a bad day.
You’re going to have a good one and you’re going on a great day and that’s fine.
But just to make it about you and not about the negative things in your life is a very unhealthy way of thinking.”
“It’s so important to be present.
You can’t be present and still be depressed.”
Toe‐tocks is not alone.
Many sufferers have shared stories of depression and said it’s something that can be overcome.
But there are some things that sufferers need to remember: depression can happen to anyone.
The condition can strike anyone at any time, and can affect a person’s ability to function.
Depression can make you feel guilty, feel ashamed, or make you forget things you should remember.
To learn more about depression and how to deal with it, check out the links below.
Depression symptoms for everyone, from mild to severe depression can range from mild, to severe, and many sufferers are not aware that they have the condition until it’s too late.
Depression is not the only mental health condition that can affect the way you feel.
Anxiety disorders can also affect your sleep, mood, and behavior.
Anxiety is a condition in which a person experiences frequent, intense, or constant worry.
It’s not a mental health issue.
You may not be aware of the condition, or you may not even realize you have it.
If you are worried, take the time to talk to a friend, family member or loved ones about your condition.
If the symptoms of anxiety persist, talk to your GP.
Depression is a symptom of a larger mental health problem.
It can affect your physical and emotional well-being, and it can also impair your ability to interact effectively with others.
Anxiety can affect people who struggle with their mental health.
Depression and anxiety can affect different parts of your life, but it can be a significant part of your overall health.
Being depressed can make it difficult to cope with life, and there’s a strong link between depression and anxiety.
Anxiety affects people who suffer anxiety, and depression affects people with anxiety.
If your symptoms of depression are interfering with your ability or willingness to interact with others, it may be time to consider seeking help.
You can learn more from these resources: The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Canadian Mental Wellness Association, and Mental Health Canada.
Source: The Globe & Mail