A survey carried out by The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) has revealed that nearly half of new mothers who are suffering with mental health problems aren’t being diagnosed or treated for their conditions.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), depression has become the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.
Feeling down, irritable or tired every now and then is common during the winter months, due to shorter days, longer nights and colder weather. However, if these feelings recur every year and then subside in spring or early summer, this may be seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
When the person you love suffers from depression, it’s not easy to deal with. Not only is it a struggle to maintain the relationship, you may find your own mental health affected as well.
One in four people suffer from depression every year making it one of the most common mental illnesses in the UK. Despite growing awareness many people are still worried about coming forward about their depression. Two-thirds of Britons who suffer from depression don’t receive treatment.
Depression now affects approximately a quarter of the UK population in the course of a year. Mixed anxiety and depression is now the most common mental disorder in the UK, and depression alone affects 350 million people around the world.
More of us are affected by mental health conditions than ever before so banishing the stigma surrounding it is becoming increasingly important.
Many initiatives have been set up over the years in a bid to do just this and one particular campaign that is gaining momentum is Time to Talk Day. On the 4th of February, across the UK individuals were encouraged to get as many people talking about mental health as possible.
2016 is well and truly upon us now. This means that we’re all feeling energised and excited about all the amazing things we’re going to do and achieve in the coming year. At least that’s how we think we should be feeling and how we assume everyone else is feeling.
In reality, the New Year can actually be a very difficult time. We put so much pressure on ourselves to lose weight, exercise more, give up chocolate, be on time, save money, get a promotion - the list is endless. Although we mean well, all of this stress does nothing for our mental health and many people find themselves feeling depressed and anxious as a result.
A study carried out by Mumsnet and ITV News has revealed that almost a third (29%) of mums in Britain who have experienced postnatal depression were too scared to seek professional help.
The main reason new mums won’t seek help is because they don’t think their symptoms are bad enough to warrant medical help (81%). This was closely followed by 72% of respondents who sadly felt that they would be letting their family down by allowing themselves to get ill. Three quarters of those who wouldn’t seek help said that they were worried that if they did, it would raise concerns about their ability to care for their child.
Depression during the holidays can be a terrible burden to carry but it is important to understand that you are not alone. Depression affects millions of people and knowing this can make people suffering from this mental illness feel at least some reliefe. In order to better understand depression, Life Works has created this infographic. It will help you understand who depression affects, when it is likely to strike and what can bring it on. If you are suffering from depression, make sure you speak to your doctor about the problem and get help. You can recover and Life Works can help. If you would like to know more about our depression treatment, please contact us today.
There’s no doubt about it, depression affects both men and women. Countless studies have suggested however that the way we experience mental illness differs depending on our gender.
Aside from the typical symptoms of depression, men commonly report feeling a deep despair that won’t go away. They may feel drained of energy and emotionally cut off from everything and everyone. A man who is depressed can be in a state of constant agitation, he may feel restless, irritable and on edge.
A poll carried out by The Huffington Post UK has revealed that nearly half (42%) of men living in Britain have suffered from depression and anxiety at some point in their life.
This was found to be more common amongst those aged 40 and over but despite the alarmingly high rate of sufferers, the poll also suggests that men continue to suffer in silence. Almost a quarter (24%) said that they wouldn’t open up to anyone when experiencing the feelings of depression or anxiety.
A poll which was carried out by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has revealed that two in five new parents experience a mental health issue during or after pregnancy with their first child.
Despite this, less than half (46%) considered seeking help with a quarter of respondents saying it’s because they were too scared to do so. Worryingly, these findings confirm that there is still a stigma attached to mental health and it’s preventing people from seeking out potentially life-saving support.
Researchers at the University of Toledo have found that binge-watching television is linked with higher levels of depression, anxiety and stress.
For the duration of the study, participants were asked to make a note of how much television they watched each night and how they felt afterwards. Just under 80% admitted to watching two or more hours of television per night and after spending a couple of hours in front of the box, the subjects reported lower mood, anxiety and stress.
Research carried out by the Campaign Against Living Miserably (Calm) has found that an unbelievable 40% of British men aged between 18 and 45 have considered taking their own lives at some point.
Of those, a similar proportion said that they did not discuss these thoughts with anyone else which confirms concerns that men feel that they can’t open up about how they’re feeling to others. The most common reasons men give for not discussing their problems reinforce the norms of what society thinks it is to be a man - they’re not to talk about their feelings or make those around them worry.
Depression has become a huge issue in the UK. In fact, along with mixed anxiety, it’s the most common mental disorder in Britain. It’s therefore hardly surprising that in recent years, a huge amount of time, effort and funding has gone into raising awareness about it and making people more aware of the symptoms.
Despite this, it can still be difficult to tell the difference between general sadness and depression which can create huge problems. Some people think they’re just a bit down in the dumps and end up neglecting a serious condition that requires medical attention whereas others are seeking treatment for what is actually a normal emotional state.
Although there is absolutely no doubt that welcoming a new baby into the world is one of the happiest times of any parent’s life, such a life-changing event combined with a lack of sleep and unpredictable hormones means that is can also be one of the most difficult.
Highlighting just how much of an impact this can have, a new study has found that over half of new mums will experience mild ‘baby blues’ whilst more seriously, almost a quarter will suffer from postnatal depression.
According to the NSPCC, more than a fifth of children in England who are being referred to mental health services have been refused treatment.