The stigma of having depression...
DEPRESSION AFFECTS ONE IN FOUR
Depression is an illness which causes a person to feel persistently sad for weeks or months at a time.
It can also cause feelings of hopelessness, a loss of interest in life and physical symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, loss of appetite and libido, and aches and pains.
Depression can vary in severity - in mild cases it may cause a person to feel persistently low, while in its most severe form it can cause people to feel suicidal and as though life if not worth living.
The condition can affect up to one in six people, although some experts estimate it affects one in four at some time in their life – and is thought to be more common in women.
There is sometimes a trigger for depression - such as bereavement - but it can also occur for no obvious reason.
Treatment options include talking therapies and anti-depressant medications.
Depression sufferers can also benefit from eating healthily, exercising and reducing alcohol consumption.
Source: NHS Choices
For additional support click http://www.who.int/topics/depression/en/
"I have just read an article about a British woman, Megan Cox, who had her dream job as an air hostess snatched away after her would-be employers realised she used to suffer from depression" comments Irena-Marie.
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Megan had been diagnosed with the condition in 2012, and even had a letter from her doctor explaining that she had recovered and that there was no reason to be concerned. Megan believes "depression made me a stronger, healthier person and opened my eyes to the world. It's given me life experience that you couldn't comprehend... "
Irena-Marie who has worked with a number of clients suffering from environmental depression*and low self esteem, said "some clients have low level depression and some feel its debilitating enough to mean that 15 days a month they are unable to get out of bed.
More often that not an individual just wants someone to listen and explain to them that they are not 'freaks' or useless or whatever other name they want to label themselves. Using hypnosis my client can start to change how they feel about depression, how to react differently when anxious. By not fearing depression is a major step - often freeing the sufferer to accept that sometimes they are going to feel 'down'. And when that happens to BELIEVE that it will last fleetingly.
Marjorie Wallace, the head of mental health charity SANE, said: "People can recover from depression as they do from any physical illness or injury, therefore it is wrong that they should be discriminated against and considered unfit to work.
It is estimated that one in four people will experience an episode of depression or similar mental health condition, the vast majority of whom continue to work effectively".
According to legal experts, withdrawing a job offer on the grounds of past depression can be illegal - provided the court judges the condition to be a 'disability'.
Juliette Franklin, an employment solicitor at Slater & Gordon,
explained "In the UK employees who have suffered from health issues in the past may be protected from discrimination under the Equality Act 2010, if those health issues meet the test of “disability” under the Act."
* Environmental depression is what events in your life create depression, for example grief, losing your job, divorce etc.
Some forms of depression are slightly different, or they may develop under unique circumstances. In these cases medial advice is recommend. They include:
Source: National Institute of Mental Health
Irena-Marie Makowska is a Mind Coach, specialised in BrainWorking Recursive Therapy (BWRT®), Psychology of Identity and Behaviour; Clinical Hypnotherapy; Transformational Coaching and Mindfulness.