It is normal to feel sad from time to time. Many of us will wake up in the morning and just not feel like ourselves. However, if you are experiencing regular or sustained low points, feeling tearful, flat or thinking of harming yourself you might be suffering from depression.
Depression is a psychological illness which can range in severity but should always be taken seriously. It can affect anyone, at any age and regardless of circumstance, although it is common for people to suffer from depression following a serious incident like bereavement, divorce or losing a job and facing financial difficulty.
Although depression can feel like an incredibly lonely and frightening place, there are people out there who understand and want to help. However, it might not be feasible, necessary or appealing to go to a treatment centre.
There is a wide and varied range of symptoms to suggest a person is suffering from depression. It can affect one person completely differently to another. Medical professionals have ascertained that the root cause of depression is a dysregulated nervous system, which can be the result of many different things such as genetics or trauma.
GP’s will typically ask a person to score themselves on a scale of 1 to 10 on certain aspects on their life, their outlook on life and how often they experience the following:
Feeling low in mood, sad and tearful
Feeling numb, disconnected and lonely
Loss of interest in hobbies and things that you used to enjoy
Thoughts about hurting yourself or ending your life
Feeling irritable, angry and hopeless
If you are experiencing these emotions more than usual and you feel unable to cope, it is important to seek help. Although it can be difficult to talk about your feelings, the hardest step is reaching out and the results can be life-saving. You may not feel like you deserve help; this is another symptom of the illness. You deserve to live a happy life that you enjoy, free from depression.
Orchestrate offers alternative support for depression, in the form of home mental healthcare. This can be perfect for a person who does not feel able to leave their home to attend appointments, let alone enter into an inpatient treatment program, away from their home comforts which can be substantially more challenging.
Home mental healthcare can help to remove a number of barriers people have previously faced with other mental health providers. The very nature of depression means that many people may feel unable to go to a previously unknown location to meet with a stranger. Furthermore, a person may also feel unable to attend regular appointments, which other providers may take as a lack of commitment or engagement, forfeiting future appointments and reinforcing the individuals low self-esteem and potentially worsening the condition.
We understand the importance of feeling comfortable and safe in the right kind of environment when opening up about feelings. It might be the first time you have ever vocalised how depression is affecting your life and so all our professionals understand how crucial it is to create an atmosphere of trust, empathy and respect.
If you are struggling with any of the symptoms discussed above and think that you would benefit from home mental health care for depression, please get in touch with us as soon as possible to discuss your situation further so we can let you know how we can help.
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