There are a lot of information out there about depression. However, I think the following are not mentioned as often as they should:
-The first thing I would advise somebody who feels low or depressed is to do a blood test. A number of medical conditions like iron deficiency, lack of vitamin D, thyroid dysfunction and other, can cause low mood and can contribute to depression.
-Another very important element is sleep. From the Sleep Foundation ‘The relationship between sleep and depressive illness is complex – depression may cause sleep problems and sleep problems may cause or contribute to depressive disorders.’ Note that an adult that is sleeping less than 7 hours a day is considered sleep deprived, regardless if it is by choice.
-Brain development during adolescence can trigger depression as a side effect.
-Depression is not something that happens only to adults. Children as young as primary school age can experience depression and low mood.
-You don’t have to be traumatised or to have experienced something serious to end up with depression. You might have a lovely family and life, but still suffer from it. Depression is a complex condition and its causes are not fully understood yet.
-And the most important of all – If you think you or your child might be depressed ask your GP for help. It might not feel like it at the moment, but things can get better with help.