HOW DOES DEPRESSION START?
It starts very differently in different people. Some people find it can come on very gradually and they don’t even realise they feel so bad until someone points it out. Other people find it comes on very quickly. For some people it can be linked to a very upsetting event.
Where do I go if I have really bad depression? How can you stop or help depression without medicine or tablets? How can you get rid of depression?
You can go to your doctor. You can go alone or take someone with you and the doctor can suggest lots of things to help. There are lots of different talking therapies with a counsellor or psychologist. The doctor may feel that in some cases you may need to see a psychiatrist. This is a specialist doctor who looks after people with mental health difficulties. They may feel that some medication would help, but you do not have to take it if you don't want to. This might sound like a lot of people to talk to (and some of the medicines take a few weeks to work properly) but they all have very special knowledge and different ways to treat people, it’s just a matter of finding the best way to help you so keep letting people know how you are feeling and if things are helping. There are many different types of help available and people you can talk to, you are never alone.
HOW IS DEPRESSION CAUSED NORMALLY?
The causes of depression are not well known. Many believe it is a combination of factors such as genes, the environment, personal experiences and psychological factors. An awful experience can trigger a depressive illness, for example, the death of a relative, relationship break up, abuse etc.
WHAT DO you do if you think you have depression? Will it go away?
You might be able to make yourself feel better by doing some of the things we talked about (such as being active, doing things you enjoy, being creative, eating well, playing with pets and friends). However really the best way is to talk to someone. It’s amazing how much better you feel once you tell someone how you’re feeling. This can be a friend, parent, teacher, doctor or any of the people or organisations that we have links for on our 'useful links for school children and young people page'.
HOW many people in the uk have depression?
1 in 5 people in the UK suffer from depression and around 450 million people worldwide have a mental health problem so it is a common condition.
CAN BABIES GET DEPRESSION?
It’s often hard to tell what a baby is thinking or feeling, so we can’t say for certain if babies experience the feelings of unhappiness and low mood that people with depression experience. However, children of any age can definitely feel depressed, in the same way that adults can. Sometimes it’s hard for this to be recognised, as the way children feel might be dismissed by saying things like ‘It’s just a phase’ or ‘It’s just normal mood swings’ but if a child is feeling depressed, then there is help available for them, just like there would be for an adult.