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7 things you need to know about depression

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Depression is more than feeling sad

Sadness for most people comes and goes, and doesn’t get in the way of things that matter to them. The experience described as clinical depression differs from this because of the impact, and the length of time a person feels sad. People with depression also talk about other experiences, such as finding it hard to concentrate, feeling hopeless, having low motivation, or not wanting to do things they used to enjoy.

Sometimes, talking about depression isn't enough

The experience of depression can have some people feeling isolated and alone, even if their friends and family are supportive and trying to help. An important part of the recovery journey is looking for mental health professionals who can offer treatments and strategies.

Depression isn’t the same as being lazy

Experiencing depression can mean that people struggle to get out of bed, get to school or work, or take part in activities that they used to enjoy. This can make them look like they're not trying hard enough. However, the misconception that they are lazy or weak can make it more difficult for them to seek help and recover.

Depression can affect anyone

People of all races, sexes and classes can be affected by depression. For some people who experience depression, patterns of critical self-thinking can be traced back to troubles in childhood. For others, there may not be a clear answer or explanation.

No one chooses to have depression

People don't choose to be depressed. Telling a person with depression to cheer up or to ‘snap out of it’ can be harmful and can leave them feeling more isolated.

Getting help can be really hard

For many people, depression can bring feelings of shame or hopelessness, and a sense of being broken or unworthy. This can make it a huge struggle to ask for support, or to get help to make things better.

There are many options for treating depression

Depending on the severity and cause of the depression, different treatment methods are available, which are research-based and provided by mental health professionals. It's important that you feel comfortable with the mental health professional you choose to work with.

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