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Monday blues

Last Updated: 15 January 2019

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Monday blues

You’re having a bad day, woke up on the wrong side of bed and can’t seem to get anything right. This may happen to you every once in a while (frequently on a Monday), but individuals battling depression can feel this way every day.

As many as one in four people suffer from mental health issues in Britain. Depression can be caused by numerous factors, from genetics to a stressful life event.  If you are worried someone you know is suffering from depression, take the situation seriously and be cautious when voicing your concerns.

 

Here are some common identifiers of depression:

  • feeling irritable and intolerant of others

  • change in appetite or weight (usually decreased, but sometimes increased)

  • not doing well at work

  • avoiding contact with friends

  • neglecting hobbies and interests

  • continuous low mood or sadness

  • frequently anxious or nervous

Since mental illness isn’t as easy to diagnose as a broken bone, it is often overlooked or dismissed. It is important to address the situation, let your friend know that this is a real issue that deserves professional medical attention. Let it be known that you are there for them and that their situation is not hopeless.

 

 

Written by Ruth Tongue
(MSc Nutrition)

Categories:
Mental health
Work-life balance
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