We all have days when the thought of even getting out of bed seems an impossible task. When everything feels like it is getting on top of us. When we begin to ask the age old question, in regard to anything and everything, what is the point? For some people days such as this are a rare occasion and all that is needed is a bit of TLC from our loved ones. But for others this scenario is frighteningly familiar.
I looked at some statistics on mentalhealth.org and was shocked at what I found. Mixed anxiety & depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain and directly affects 1 in 5 people at some point in their lives. After a bit more digging on depression statistics I discovered the following…
- 54% of people believe depression is a personal weakness.
- 41% of depressed women are too embarrassed to seek help.
- 80% of depressed people are not currently having any treatment.
Just knowing that there are people out there suffering who aren’t getting the help they need and importantly deserve made me feel saddened. Awareness needs to be raised so that the consequences of this very real and very present illness are made apparent. 15% of depressed people will commit suicide and it has also been estimated that by 2020 Depression will be the second largest killer after heart disease. With stats like these staring us in the face how can such an issue be disregarded by anyone? But worryingly people still feel ‘silly’ for having the blues whilst others are too embarrassed to approach their GP’s with such problems because they feel it reflects badly on them.
If you or anyone you know is suffering, whether you are just having a bad day, going through a bit of a rough patch or have been feeling low for quite a while bear the following in mind…
- No GP should ever fail to take depression seriously. If they do then they aren’t doing their job right and you should find another.
- Seek help from friends and loved ones around you, never feel like your problems are insignificant – they are not. Just talking things over with someone can often be the first step to feeling good again.
- Remember you are not alone, stay strong, and stay positive.