Difficult events and experiences can leave us in low spirits. It could be relationship problems, bereavement, sleep problems, stress at work, bullying, chronic illness, or pain. Sometimes it is possible to feel down without there being an obvious reason. However, a low mood will tend to lift after a few days or weeks. Making some small changes in your life, such as resolving a difficult situation, talking about your problems, or getting more sleep, can usually improve your mood. A low mood that doesn’t go away can be a sign of depression.
We all have a tendency to dwell on negative thoughts. We replay embarrassing memories repeatedly in our minds. We imagine all kinds of things that could go wrong in the future. Negative thinking is in our evolutionary biology, our brains are wired to overlearn from negative experiences but under learn from positive ones. This tendency helped our ancestors evaluate threats and avoid danger, but when we dwell in negativity, our stress increases, our happiness suffers. We get stuck in negative thought cycles. Negative thinking is a habit.
When To Seek Help
Noticing when you’re not coping
There are times when we all struggle and find it hard to cope. But when bad days become bad weeks, it’s important to seek help – especially if you’re no longer ‘feeling yourself’.
If you identify with any of the following, you may be experiencing depression
• You find it hard to manage from day to day
• You’ve been feeling sad, hopeless, worried or anxious for a while
• You’ve noticed changes in your eating, sleeping and energy levels
• You find yourself having negative or unwanted thoughts
Depression is a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health and can last for long periods of time without any apparent reason. If you feel sad for weeks on end, find yourself low on energy or motivation, no longer enjoy doing things that used to interest you, feel emotionally flat or numb, have difficulty getting a good night’s sleep, feel worthless, guilty, or anxious, you might be experiencing depression.
One in seven Australians will experience depression in their lifetime. Depression is not something you can control or just get over by yourself. Treatment can do much to reduce and even eliminate the symptoms of depression. With help, you can recover depression. Call or email me now to arrange a time to talk.
If you feel that you are in immediate danger of hurting yourself or someone else please call 000 or present to the emergency department of your nearest hospital
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