What is the difference between a low mood and depression? How does depression appear outwardly. I forgot to mention in the video that sometimes .I would literally feel nothing when I was depressed – I was numb inside. Often when we are depressed we do not even know we are depressed. If you think you may be – then go to your doctor. Do not suffer in silence.
Hayami lovelies today I'm doing a video request from Alex hi Alex and he asked me to talk about depression now I said they really have a depression and I did a video on depression ages ago but was probably about a year and a half ago so I will redo it and so what is depression because everyone goes can go through stages where they feel down they feel like they can't be bothered low mood but that doesn't necessarily mean it's depression it is a low mood and chances are if you've just had this and it's just a few days then it is quite normal it's a low mood it is when this low mood starts going on for weeks months sometimes years that it's much more likely to be depression now you get different levels of depression we have kind of the low end my old say mild depression and with mild depression someone might feel low mood constantly all the time and then you have severe depression at the other end of the scale where someone's mood so low they just can't see the point in life they feel suicidal and for either end it will affect your life and what causes depression is there always a trigger sometimes there is for example just say you've had a bereavement in the family someone you love dearly has passed away in this instance is perfectly normal for someone to go through a stage of crying feeling low sad and just really really helpless and you might feel like you are depressed but this is actually part of the grieving process and this is perfectly normal chances are as time goes on your mood will start to lift it's when that mood doesn't lift and months later you are still feeling that empty void inside really sad wanting to cry that chances are the grieving has then turned into a depression so the bereavement has actually triggered the depression people can have triggers such as a breakup a relationship and using drugs and alcohol this affects our mood anyway and this can lead to depression and the worst thing is often like I know when I used to really get depressed I would go out and drink now alcohol is depressant and it will heighten your mood if your mood is really really low and you are feeling down alcohol will only make you feel worse and I know that firsthand because it never solved any of my problems it always made me literally feel a hundred times worse so there are instances where depression can be triggered but there are also times when there is no trigger you just all of a sudden start feeling a bit down and that feeling grows and grows and it kinda just sticks with you and I think it's times like this that it can kind of creep up on us so we don't even know it's happening now I've heard many times throughout my life that I've suffered with depression and but I'm gonna go back to one particular time where I did not want to get up if I got up I couldn't be bothered to wash my hair I didn't want to do the housework I would sit in front of the TV and stare at it blankly watching something for hours but if someone came in and said what was just on telly I wouldn't have been able to tell you I remember during this time I was sat on the sofa just staring at the telly and my partner at the time was sat next to me and I just remember hearing his breathing and just getting really angry like feeling this anger inside of me and I wanted to explode like will you shut up breathing which is completely irrational and but that's the thing anger and depression can come surface in different ways it isn't always crying into a pillow sometimes it is just not wanting to get dressed today I'm going to be in my pajamas for days and days and days it might be just leaving the housework just not caring obviously everyone is different for me I know this is a sign of depression because usually I kind of like the house to be organized and clean and tight well as clean and tidy and organized as it can be with four children and a partner that is also a child and it doesn't always like appear like this depression can surface as anger where you're snapping and getting angry at everyone often it can come with anxiety em so not only are there different levels there are different ways people express it I know that when I was depressed a lot at the time I didn't even know I was depressed nowadays if I got depressed I would recognize it but that's because I'm in recovery I've become very self aware so I can kind and notice the warning signs so for me if well if I leave the house work say for one day I'm not can't be bothered that's not depression because chances are the next day or the day after that I will just crack on and do it but if a week went by and I still hadn't done any and I just couldn't be bothered to face it for me that is a red light that is a warning sign that things aren't right up here for me and I in that instance I would go to the doctor and speak to them about it so the good thing the good thing with depression is that recovery is possible you can recover from this whether you're mildly depressed or severely depressed you can still recover from this treatment often includes medication antidepressants I know people that have been depressed that I like I'm not taking them and I kind of think why not if you have a headache you would take a paracetamol so depression is often a chemical imbalance in the brain if you can take a pill that can help balance out those chemicals and make you feel a bit better why would you not do that the thing is I say I've said let in loads in my videos medication does not solve everything but it can help medication alongside talking therapy I mean talking is so important when it comes to our mental health letting those feelings out expressing how we feel and just kind of telling someone I was advised once by I think it's my community care nurse at the time just right if you're feeling down just right how you're feeling and then rip up the paper and throw it away and I used to do that and sometimes it worked and I felt slightly better that I'd got it out other times it didn't work but it is trial and error likewise with medication you might take and then depressant and think I feel worse because not all antidepressants work exactly the same with every single person so it is finding what is right for you but you don't have to suffer in silence depression is a real thing it is so hard to live with especially if you might have a job and you've got turn up there every day or you have a family and you've got to keep it together for the family and it's not easy but you don't have to suffer in silence my advice to you would be go to your doctor and tell them your symptoms tell them how you are feeling recovery from depression I can't give you a time scale of when you're gonna feel better because recovery is always a process everyone takes different amount of times it you might find a few weeks after taking a medication doing a bit of talking you're feeling ten times better than you were so ask for help don't ever feel too proud to ask for help I say that especially to the guys as well because I know so many men that have been depressed and we've said like friends of ours have said you're depressed and they don't want to go to the doctor and say oh I think I'm depressed but why not why when someone can help you there are people out there that can help you you do not have to go on like this depression is a real thing and and it's not something to be ashamed of I hope you guys are listening to me taking in what some of some of the things that I say so um I'm gonna leave that one there today guys but I hope you're all good and I will be back in the week
This transcript was auto-generated and therefore may contain mistakes.