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Understanding Depression

Affecting more than 300 million people worldwide, depression is a common illness that can take lives. Yet understanding of depression is limited.  

At Blurt, we aim to raise awareness and build understanding about depression. It is more than simply a low mood: it causes mental anguish, impacts on our ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, and can cause us to function poorly in work, education and socially.  At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds.

The stigma around depression means that those of us who suffer often find it difficult to reach out and get help.  Yet sometimes simply talking can be life-saving.

If you suffer from depression, or wish to know more about the condition, this page contains some resources that may help you.

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"Depression is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it's a healthy feeling. Depression is very different.” - J.K. Rowling

Living With Depression

Knowledge is power, but understanding is amazing. 

There’s a lot of fantastic information about Depression out on the interwebs.  We can read the various theories about what causes the illness, and learn about the various ways it can be treated. We can see pictures that show the affect Depression has on the brain.

While this stuff is undeniably important, at Blurt we have another focus: empathy.  We have lived with Depression. We know how it feels. We know how difficult it makes day-to-day life.

Our blog posts focus on how it feels to live with depression and the things we can do to help manage it. We offer advice to those who support others with the condition.  We understand.

MANAGING DEPRESSION: HACKS AND HINTS FOR DIFFICULT DAYS

When depression strikes, even the simplest of tasks can feel challenging. Here are useful some hints and hacks to try when the difficult days roll round.

DEPRESSION: DEBUNKING THE MYTHS

There are a number of misconceptions and myths surrounding depression. In this post we myth bust the most common myths our community are confronted with.

PRACTICAL WAYS TO SUPPORT SOMEONE WITH DEPRESSION

For those who support someone with depression, it can be a struggle to know how to help. We list some practical ways to help do just that.

DEPRESSION: ON NOISE, ANSWERING THE TELEPHONE AND MAKING DECISIONS

These three seemingly simple things can affect our day-to-day lives, when we have depression, and lead us to feel incredibly misunderstood.

DEPRESSION: 10 QUOTES WHICH HELP US THROUGH TOUGH DAYS

There are certain quotes which help us through the toughest of depression days, we wanted to share a few of our favourites with you.

SIX DOODLES THAT SHOW WHAT YOU DON’T SEE ABOUT DEPRESSION

When we have depression, it’s like there’s a war raging in our brains. These six doodles show some of the things we might be feeling.

DEPRESSION: WHY SELF-CARE MATTERS

Self-care is one of the key tools in our armoury for combating depression, so it’s important we make it a priority.

5 VIDEOS WHICH AID UNDERSTANDING OF DEPRESSION

We’ve put together 5 videos which explain depression brilliantly, offer insights and understanding of this debilitating illness.

7 WAYS TO DISTRACT YOURSELF FROM SCARY THOUGHTS

Self-harming urges are a common symptom of depression and can be very powerful. Here are seven tactics to try to help distract from scary thoughts.

"It's a bit like walking down a long, dark corridor, never knowing when the light will go on." - Neil Lennon

Depression Feels Like...

It is difficult to describe what depression feels like.  The condition affects us all in different ways: we have different symptoms, and different methods of coping.

Plus the stigma around depression – and our frustration and shame about it – can make it difficult to speak out.

At Blurt we passionately believe that those with lived experience are best qualified to talk about the reality of depression, so we asked our amazing community to share what #depressionfeelslike for them. Here are just a few of their responses.

“Depression is like the worst day of your life, every single day. It feels like everything’s falling apart and worthless even if it’s not”

“Numbness. You want any emotion not just to be happy being angry or sad would be better than numb”

“It’s like someone is scribbling in your head, jumbling up thoughts, words, the ability to do things in a logical order”

“It feels like dark, pitch black. You can hear the muffled sound of the world around you but it’s dull and so far away that it might not even be there at all”

“Depression means nothing is ever going to be right, because I am always wrong, whatever I do, or think, or am”

“In a glass jar full of invisible goo – you feel so detached and unreachable to everyone around you, and everything is too much effort to achieve”

“It’s like dragging round a massive stone”

“Just… existing, not living…”

“It’s like wading through treacle uphill”

“Imagine your saddest moment; (death of a loved one/pet, ending of a relationship) Remember the despair, anguish and anger. Now, multiply that by 100 and feel it for no special reason”

“Just terrible sadness, dread, feel alone, alienated, you want to run and run but know you can’t, you want to hide from everyone and everything, your emotions are numbed so it’s had to love and feel loved”

“It’s like being at the bottom of a well . All around you is dark and you try to move/call out but get hit by unseen force to the point you don’t dare. You just sit there at the bottom of the well unable to move or speak yet screaming inside for someone to just help you”

"Depression is flat, hollow, and unendurable"... Kay Redfield Jamison

Things that might help

At Blurt we’re dedicated to helping those affected by depression.

We support our community in a variety of ways: in addition to our blog, social media channels and affirming weekly newsletter, we also offer the lovely things below.

If you suffer with depression – or support someone who does – stick with us. We genuinely want to help you.

Love and hugs,

The Blurt Team

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