Simply talking about domestic abuse may help to some extent. However, if symptoms are more severe, you may not be able to confront the reasons behind it as it takes energy and motivation which you may not have.
Friends or family may want to help but it can sometimes be awkward expressing feelings to them. A counsellor will not judge you or your feelings around this but listen objectively in a supportive way.
Depression replaced the word Melancholia in the late 19th Century. It is derived originally from Latin words ‘de’ (meaning down from), ‘premere’ (to press) and ‘deprimere’ (to press down).
Anti-depressants may help a person to feel less agitated or anxious, or may help to relieve some of the most symptoms of depression. They are not addictive and can help with day-to-day functioning until you reach a point where you may want to talk about the problems in more detail. Some people take them in conjunction with the support of counselling.
- TALKING: is part of the healing process
- KEEPING ACTIVE: exercise has proven benefits on mental health and wellbeing. Even a small amount of exercise may help lift mood.
- EAT WELL: good diet, plenty of fruits/vegetables help with physical health.
- LESS ALCOHOL: Alcohol can make feelings worse and will not help in the long term.
Some facts about depression:
- 1 in 32,000 people suffer from Aids
- 1 in 50 people suffer from mental challenge
- 1 in 30 people suffer from cancer
- 1 in 10 people suffer from heart/respiratory disorders
- 1 in 10 people suffer from depression
Mental ill health is 3 times as common as cancer, 3000 times as common as aids and as common as heart/respiratory disorders.