Top 10 Early Signs of Depression
Depression is a big topic when it comes to mental health, and with good reason: the World Health Organisation (WHO) proposes depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, with over 264 million people of all ages experiencing it.
Depression can affect anyone at any time, but the events of the last year have led to a dramatic increase in people experiencing depressive symptoms, with the Office of National Statistics (ONS) suggesting the rate to have doubled since the start of the pandemic.
Mindfulness in the Face of a Pandemic
COVID-19 is an exhausted topic which has received daily media coverage since it’s breakout in December. Even now as I write this article, I find myself attempting to not exhaust any talk if COVID-19. Yet, despite our frustration, the pandemic is still very real all over the world, and extended lockdowns are necessary in keeping the vulnerable safe and reducing the infection rate.
Distraction and Self-Care – What’s the Difference?
Imagine a scenario in which a person goes to see a therapist for help in dealing with depression/anxiety. The therapist tells them to use self-care by doing whatever makes them feel better: get immersed in a good book; watch a series on Netflix; go for long walks, etc.- with the basic goal getting the patient’s mind off of the problem at hand and onto something else.