Depression: Who has it?

By Mimi Goess-Sauraru >

Clinical depression has been likened to a modern epidemic, with most cases undiagnosed and untreated. Yet the toll in human happiness and productivity is tremendous. Untreated depression can potentially lead to broken relationships, substance misuse, job loss, compulsive behaviours and, at the worst, self-harm and suicide.

About 15% of us have a bout of Major Depression at some point in our lives and it is the 4th most common cause of disability worldwide. Each year in the United Kingdom about 4000 people tragically destroy themselves as the result of untreated depression.

What is it?

Some common Symptoms of Depression are:

  • Feelings of sadness
  • Irritability, frustration, agitation, or restlessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Indecisiveness, distractibility, or decreased concentration
  • Fatigue, tiredness, or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Trouble with thinking, concentrating, making decisions, or remembering things
  • Thoughts of death, dying, or suicide

What causes it?

Depression doesn’t have a single cause. Most likely it’s caused by a combination of factors that may include:

  • Family history of depression
  • Brain Chemistry
  • Life events and stressors (academic, personal, or financial stress)
  • Environmental factors (like a change of seasons)
  • Serious illnesses
  • Losses
  • Experiencing prolonged bias/discrimination

4. Very few people grow up in conditions that are perfect for them. Some are constrained by their environment. Others experience unexpected, traumatic events that alter their outlook on life. As a psychodynamically orientated therapist I believe that our past experiences, especially in childhood influence how we see and interact with the world as adults. Some of these beliefs we have are conscious and others are unconscious. These unconscious beliefs can sometimes lead us into situations we would rather not be in and at times lead to exasperation; “how did I end up here again”?.

My job is to help my clients to become more conscious of some of these beliefs so that they have more choice over their actions. I’m here to listen and give you a place where you can feel safe and heard. I’m committed to helping you achieve a better understanding of yourself.