Depression

When one suffers from a Depression there is no “button” to switch thoughts, emotions or moods on and off. You experience the intensity of your emotions, and often you may need additional help to put the puzzle pieces back together. Once might experience persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that characterises major depression can lead to a range of behavioural and physical symptoms. These may include changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behaviour or self-esteem. Depression can also be associated with thoughts of suicide.

Things to look out for

Anxiety, apathy, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest, low energy and isolation.

Intervention and self-tips

  • Depression is treatable by a medical professional
  • Recognise that you have been through an extremely stressful event and it is normal to have an emotional reaction to it.
  • Give yourself permission to feel rotten, but also remember your strengths. Even though it’s tough, you can deal with it.
  • Try to avoid using drugs or alcohol to cope, as they can lead to more problems long term.
  • Speak to a close friend
  • Chat to us for help support@stressxchange.co.za

Need Help?

Should you need more information, Please call us

Tell: +2768 011 6088

Email us: ingane@stressxchange.co.za

Or national child helpline: +278000 55 555