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The 'D' Word - Depression

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

When someone tells you are they are feeling down or sad, you automatically think one word: Depression. And it is a fact that 1 in 6 people will experience depression at some time in their life.

Depression does not discriminate and can affect anyone, at any time.

Even those with seemingly "perfect” lives have suffered with depression, below are just some of the celebrities who have experienced depression.

Ashley Judd: In her 2011 memoir, All That Is Bitter and Sweet she revealed that she considered suicide as a sixth-grader, and in 2006 underwent 42 days in a rehab clinic for depression. "I would have died without it", she told People magazine in April 2011. Reconciling with estranged family members and helping those less fortunate through charity work has helped Judd regain perspective and make peace with her past.

Owen Wilson: His public persona is that of a laid-back, fun-loving dude, but the world saw a darker side of the actor in 2007 when reports surfaced that he had attempted suicide at his California home. Some friends were shocked, but others said that Wilson, who was 38 at the time, had "battled his share of demons, which have included drug addiction".

Catherine Zeta-Jones: In 2011 actress Zeta-Jones, 41, revealed that she has bipolar II disorder, which causes severe depression. (People with bipolar II often don't have the extreme "up" of mania, which is a staple of bipolar I.)

It is important that if you are feeling any of the symptoms of depression you seek help; professional help is always recommended via a visit to your GP or seeing a psychologist.

Seeking help and support from your family and friends may be a good idea as a first step. So it is clear that nobody is immune to depression, and we all have the opportunity to get the help necessary to recover.

Some of the symptoms of depression include:

  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.

  • Loss of interest in daily activities.

  • Appetite or weight changes.

  • Sleep changes.

  • Anger or irritability.

  • Loss of energy.

  • Self-loathing.

  • Reckless behaviour.

You do not need to suffer with depressive symptoms – help is always available.

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