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Depression

Introduction

Depression is experienced differently by different people but there are common features:

  • Feeling low, sad, tearful and numb
  • Avoiding people and situations (social isolation)
  • Low motivation and poor concentration
  • Feeling worthless, useless, self-blaming and perhaps suicidal
  • Thinking negatively and seeing the worst in things
  • Change in sleeping patterns and eating habits
  • Loss of enthusiasm, interest and enjoyment

Sometimes depression is the reaction to a life event or sometimes it feels like it comes from nowhere. It is estimated that one in six people have a severe depressive episode at some time in life. In its milder form depression makes living life to the full seem difficult and less worthwhile. At its most severe it can be life-threatening.

Moving Out of Depression

Most people do recover from depression. Physical movement is said to be important to counteract the 'in the head' negative thoughts and 'heaviness' that accompanies depression so activities such as walking, dancing, swimming, etc are beneficial. It can be tempting to try to find release from depression by abusing drugs or alcohol but this can bring its own problems - it is important to look after yourself physically. It can be useful to challenge negative thinking that feeds depression - talking out thoughts and feelings can be useful. Sometimes medication can be helpful in managing depression.

Getting Support

The University Counselling Service is available for students and staff of the University of Warwick.

http://www.warwick.ac.uk/counselling

Article from the Boar on mental health and support http://theboar.org/2015/10/13/lets-talk-about-mental-health/

Medical support and information on medication can be obtained from your GP

Student depression website: http://www.studentsagainstdepression.org/

Self help sites: http://www.livinglifetothefull.com/ 

http://www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk/mildmoderate/Depression.asp

For a general overview, see:

http://www.upworthy.com/what-is-depression-let-this-animation-with-a-dog-shed-light-on-it?g=2

NHS site: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/improve-mental-wellbeing.aspx

NHS wellbeing: http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Wellbeing-self-assessment.aspx

Royal College of Psychiatrists: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinfoforall/problems/depression.aspx 

The Depression Alliance http://www.depressionalliance.org

CALM Campaign Against Living Miserably (for men) http://www.thecalmzone.net/ 

NHS Direct: Call 24 hours on 0845 4647

Depression UK http://www.depressionuk.org/links.html

NHS: http://www.nhs.uk/Pathways/depression/Pages/Landing.aspx

Samaritans 116 123 http://www.samaritans.org 

National Student Counselling http://www.studentcounselling.org

Depression facts: http://www.allaboutdepression.com/index.html

Forum for support: http://blurtitout.org/

Mindfulness for students http://mindfulnessforstudents.co.uk/

'It gets brighter' - information and videos on dealing with mental health difficulties: http://www.itgetsbrighter.org/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMZqXlWqrm0&feature=youtu.be Video on experiences of depression. With thanks to NUI Galway (please note that resources referred to in this video are not available to students and staff at Warwick)

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/anxiety-depression-and-cbt free online course on depression, anxiety and CBT

Track your mood with this NHS mood APP https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/moodometer/id404137652?mt=8

http://www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/black_rainbow/Black_Rainbow_App App to help to beat depression

http://www.dwmh.nhs.uk/wellmind/ App for stress, anxiety and depression

http://www.actionforhappiness.org/ 

Self-help references

https://www.crcpress.com/go/change_the_way_you_feel_by_changing_the_way_you_think_freebook?&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=161004547_1556941 A free downloadable book to help change negative thought patterns and behaviour

Self-help booklet on managing depression http://www.ntw.nhs.uk/pic/leaflets/Depression%20and%20Low%20Mood%20A4%202013.pdf

The following references are available from the University Library either in hard copy, CD or ebooks. Most are readily available to buy either in bookshops or over the internet. There are also a limited number of books in the Learning Grid and the Bio-med Grid.

Dealing with Depression

Barnes

Mind over Mood: a cognitive treatment manual for clients

Dennis Greenberger & Christine Padesky

Guilford

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Segal

Guilford

Understanding and Overcoming Depression

Bates

Crossing

Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison -

Dorothy Rowe

Routledge

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness

J. Mark G. Williams

CD

Overcoming depression (CBT)

Paul Gilbert

Constable

Beating Depression : The Complete Guide to Depression and How to Overcome It]

Cembrowicz, Stefan.; Kingham, Dorcas.

Ebook

Creating Optimism : A Proven, Seven-step Program for Overcoming Depression

Bob Murray; Alicia Fortinberry

Ebook

Dealing With Depression Naturally,

Syd Baumel,

Ebook

Depression : The Way Out of Your Prison

Dorothy Rowe

Ebook

Help Yourself Move Out of Depression and Anxiety, ,]

Helga A. H Rowe

Ebook

Why Am I Still Depressed? : Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipolar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder,

James R Phelps,

Ebook

How to lift depression (fast)

Griffin and Tyrell

HG Publishing

Climbing out of depression: a practical guide for sufferers

Atkinson

Lion Publishing

Overcoming depression

Windy Dryden, Sarah Opie

Sheldon

Coming off Anti-Depressants: How to use and stop using anti-depressants safely

J. Glenmullen

Robinson

Accepting Voices

Romme and Escher

MIND

Please see list of other self-help references.

 

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