Depressions and the blue

Everyone has a bad day sometimes. You know, the kind of day when nothing seems to go your way. It’s just a temporary bout of the blues. It might be one day, but it can sometimes last for longer. What can you do to pull yourself out of your funk?

Tips

• Talk to someone you trust about how you feel.
• You can also discuss things anonymously with a counsellor.
• Think of the things in your life that are going right. Write three of them down every day.
• Try to do at least one thing that you enjoy every day.
• Go cycling, hiking, or work out. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins. This will make you feel better.
• Meet up with friends more often: even if that doesn’t appeal to you, don’t sit at home alone.

What is depression?

What if you have been feeling lousy for a long time and you feel like it is not going to pass? You might have depression. This is more difficult than a bout of the blues. Here are some of the characteristics of depression:
• A sad feeling, no urge to do anything
• Nothing seems fun and you have no energy
• Feel guilty or worthless
• Empty feelings or very negative thoughts
• A fearful, desperate, powerless feeling
• You cry a lot without getting any relief from it or you feel like crying, but you just cannot do it

Types of depression

There are different types of depression:
• Depression: a gloomy feeling that is heavy, intense, and persistent. Nobody can cheer you up and nothing interests you anymore. You feel empty and listless.
• Dysthymia: a long-term depressed feeling that is very intense.
• Seasonal depression: when your symptoms only appear during a specific season. It usually involves autumn or winter.
• Bipolar disorder: also known as manic depressive disorder. Your moods change dramatically. The peaks are extremely high and the valleys are deep and dark.
• Postpartum depression: sadness after giving birth to a baby.

Assistance

  • Are the dark clouds hanging over your head? Don’t just sit there and wait them out. It is important that you find help before it is too late. The sooner you find it, the better off you will be.
  • Your GP may refer you to someone who is specialised in helping young people with mental health symptoms.
  • If you don’t want to go directly to your general practitioner, you can first speak with a Startpunt staff member
  • Call 113 if you are considering suicide and need to reach out.