Depression has now been recognized as an illness caused by changes in the chemistry of the brain. It can be debilitating if not treated promptly. While it is natural to feel happy or sad during the ups and downs of life, these are feelings that fade away with time. With depression, the feelings of being “down” are enduring and do not fade away even when external circumstances change. Depression can be caused by fluctuations in hormone levels, grief, stressful life situations, genetics, a few medical conditions, etc. It is when the chemistry of the brain changes due to these factors that depression develops in the individual.

People who are depressed need considerable support as well as understanding. Swinburne Housing works with Derbyshire mental health to provide support care Derby. For people with depression, Swinburne Housing provides the accommodation, the support and the crucial assistance required to help people get back to mainstream life in more functional way. The accommodation provided by Swinburne Housing is modern, spacious and meets all the relevant Derbyshire Mental Health safety requirements.

Depression - What is it and what to look for?

When appropriate support and assistance is provided during the early stages of depression, there is a greater possibility of managing it more efficiently. These are the symptoms you need to look out for to better diagnose and manage depression:

●    Feelings of hopelessness.
●    Loss of interest in people and activities that you were passionate about previously, which could include work, hobbies, food, exercise, sex, etc.
●    Feelings of guilt.
●    Feelings of persistent sadness.
●    Feelings of moodiness.
●    Sudden outbursts of anger.
●    Attempts to harm oneself.
●    Substance abuse.
●    Isolating oneself from people.
●    Being indecisive.
●    Unable to concentrate on anything for long periods of time.
●    Memory problems, both short-term and long-term.
●    Wanting to harm oneself.
●    Hallucinations or delusions.
●    Lack of energy.
●    Weight loss or weight gain.
●    Not getting enough sleep or feeling sleepy all the time.
●    Ache and pains that were not there before and cannot be explained.
●    Problems in sexual drive.

These symptoms are usually common for most people and can come and go many times during a lifetime. For depression to be diagnosed, a cluster of these symptoms have to be present for more than two weeks at a time.

Depression can be treated with a variety of approaches, such as psychotherapy, medications, changes in lifestyle, etc. Lifestyle changes can be dietary changes, exercise, stress reduction strategies, help with sleeping, etc.

Depression is a condition that can affect anyone, regardless of gender, age, educational background, social background, etc. It is something that can impact almost all areas of life, from work, academics, to friendships and relationships with family and loved ones. Thus, it is very important to recognise the symptoms of depression and get assistance early on.