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What is depression?
Despite the everyday usage of the term, depression is more than a temporary period of sadness. Throughout the course of our lives we can expect to experience a range of emotional highs and lows. In the medical sense, depression refers to a prolonged period of unhappiness or emptiness.
According to NHS Choices, depression affects about one in 10 people at some point during their life. Surveys conducted by different groups have found that this number is much higher for LGBT people. A survey conducted by LGBT support charity Metro found that 42% of young LGBT people have sought treatment for anxiety or depression.
Depression can be treated, and it must be taken seriously. If you feel like you are suffering from depression you should tell your GP as soon as possible.
The experience of depression will be different for each individual, but there are some common symptoms:
-Persistent feelings of sadness, or anxiety.
-Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness
-Loss of interest in things once pleasurable
-Loss of sex drive
-Overeating, or appetite loss
-Disturbed sleeping pattern
-Persistent aches, pains, headaches, or cramps
-Persistent digestive problems
-Suicidal thoughts or attempts
You may experience any number of the symptoms above, from mild to severe levels.
When to see a doctor
If you think you may be depressed, seek help from your GP as soon as possible. The earlier you receive help, the better.
We currently offer 1-2-1 support if you wish to talk to someone within Four Pillars please contact us
Four Pillars can not currently offer counselling however we do work very closely with:
You can also contact the Samaritans if you wish to talk to someone anonymously.