ONE in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and in England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem, yet there are still stigmas around the issue, despite some fantastic advancements.
We explore how to tell if you or someone you love is depressed, and what you can do about it.
What is depression?
Depression is not just a feeling of unhappiness or being a bit fed up for a few days – which is common and totally normal.
Those who are suffering from depression can suffer from an immense feeling of sadness that can last for weeks and maybe even months.
Everyone is different and the condition can manifest itself in different ways but is often described as a total disconnect from all feelings of happiness.
The NHS warns against trivialising depression as not a genuine health problem on it’s website: “Some people think depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They’re wrong – it is a real illness with real symptoms.”
How is it different to anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension over the future, or the belief that something could go wrong.
Depression is a feeling of sadness or hopelessness about the future, instead of worry.
Calmclinic explain that: “Those with anxiety often find themselves feeling like something bad might happen and they’re worried it will.”
“Those with depression often assume a bad future and don’t expect anything else or think there’s anything worth preventing.