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Depression Advice

Getting help with depression

Depression is a mental health problem that affects one in ten people over their lives in Scotland. It is common, and not a problem to be ashamed about. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available, online and in-person, to help with depression. 

What is depression?

Many people think that depression is just feeling a bit glum – like you have low energy and ‘can’t be bothered’. Of course, this couldn’t be further from the truth, and just feeling unhappy is a long way away from the symptoms of depression. 

A woman in bed depressed

Depression can often stay with someone their whole life. It can sometimes just be seasonal, for example during winter. It’s also possible for women to become depressed both during and after pregnancy. 

People are affected by depression in many ways. This is why it’s important to see a GP if you think you are depressed, as they will be able to diagnose any issues. Depression severity can range from mild symptoms of feeling upset to severe symptoms leading to suicidal thoughts. This is why it is best to see a doctor sooner rather than later before the problem escalates. 

Dealing with depression

Some people start feeling depressed after a life event, for example, a death in the family or losing their job. However, it is just as common for people to feel depressed for no obvious reason. Even if everything in their life seems to be perfect, it is still possible to suffer from depression. 

Depending on the severity of depression, a doctor may prescribe you antidepressants. However, there are other ways you can start to control your depression in addition to any guidance given by your GP. For example, getting outside into nature more has been proven to help with depression. Dogs can also help with this as not only will they encourage you to go outdoors, they can be a comforting companion too. 

A man hiding on the floor of a shower depressed

General exercise can also be a benefit to you, which could be going to the gym or the local swimming baths. Changing to a healthy lifestyle can also be helpful, and this includes eating well. When depressed, some people don’t feel like eating at all. Others will over-eat instead. Finding the right balance is important to avoid further complications arising from malnutrition or obesity.  Ensuring you have a routine throughout the day can also help with this. It makes sure that you eat regularly. 

Giving up smoking can also help deal with the symptoms of depression, as can cutting down or giving up drinking. There are resources to help you give up smoking here, or watch what you are drinking here

We’ve put together a range of information sheets which can be useful for those struggling with depression. They deal with a range of issues so you can choose to read only the ones you want from below or download them all here.

  1. What is depression?
  2. What causes depression?
  3. Psycotherapy for depression
  4. Vicious cycle of depression
  5. Behavioural activation fun and achievement
  6. Fun activities catalogue
  7. Improving how you feel
  8. Thinking and feeling
  9. Analysing your thinking
  10. Changing your thinking
  11. Unhelpful thinking styles
  12. What are core beliefs?
  13. Problem solving
  14. Staying healthy
  15. Grief and Bereavement
  16. Food and mood

Support from the East Dunbartonshire Citizens Advice

If there is something in your life that you feel is contributing to your depression, then we offer assistance in many areas that could help. For people in the East Dunbartonshire area, we offer appointments so that you can talk to one of our trained advisors. This could be about housing issues, benefits, legal advice and money guidance. And remember, all our advice is free and completely confidential. 

So if you are looking for help with depression and think we can work with you towards this goal, then book a consultation with us today.

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