How to Recognise Depression

Recognising depression is not always an easy task particularly when we doubt our own feelings or the feelings of people we know. Feeling down from time to time is a natural part of living, however when emotions such as hopelessness and despair will not go away, it may indicate that you have depression. You could recognise depression through the following:

  • Depression can make you feel hopeless
  • simple tasks that may have been easy before can be an immense struggle.
  • Find the thought of getting through the day overwhelming, inability to cope with day to day stress
  • Negative ways of thinking about world, people around you and your own abilities
  • Thoughts of suicide

It is important to remember that no matter how hopeless you may feel, you can get better. By recognizing your depression or the symptoms of depression in others, you can take the first step to improving your well being and overcoming the problem.

Treatment Options for Depression

There is a wide range of treatment options available for managing depression and each individual will react differently to certain treatments. Some of the most common treatment options for depression include: –

Physical Treatments


Depression medications are one of the most common parts of successful treatment. Some people are required to use these medications for a short time, while others may choose to use them over a long-term period. Your doctor will take several factors into account before prescribing medication including possible side effects, the presentation of symptoms and any underlying health concerns.

Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a recognised, effective, pain free treatment for depression that has been approved by FDA and recommended by the national treatment guidelines in the UK.

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Psychological Treatments

Talking Therapy

Psychotherapy often referred to as talking therapy involves discussing your difficulties and how you feel with a qualified psychotherapist. Your psychotherapist can distinguish patterns of cognitions or behaviours that contribute to your depression. You may be provided with tasks such as tracking your mood, reflecting upon your experiences or practical tasks to help reduce your symptoms of depression.

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Lifestyle Changes

Many people with mild depression find significant benefit by making lifestyle changes by itself however with moderate to severe depression you will require a combination of physical, psychological and social treatment and care.

The evidence has shown time and time again that engaging in activities such as getting more exercise, cutting down on alcohol, giving up smoking and eating healthily are natural protective factors to developing depression and its symptoms. Other small lifestyle changes that can help improve depression can including reading a self-help book or joining a social group that can help you gain a better understanding of why you feel depressed.

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