Depression is a condition that will affect around one in 10 people at some point in their life. It affects each person differently and has a wide variety of symptoms and causes, not always easy to identify.
Depression is not ‘sadness’ or ‘unhappiness’ and those suffering from depression may experience a wide spectrum of symptoms, emotional and physical, which just won’t shift. The sufferer may isolate themselves, be detached or feel ‘in a bubble’ and sense a blackness or heaviness of their mood. Depression is nicknamed the ‘black dog’ for a good reason – it follows you around.
Living with depression or living with a depressed person is very hard and, at times, can make seeking help even harder. People can fear stigma or labelling and facing up to an illness that perhaps won’t get better.