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DEPRESSION
Major depressive disorder, commonly known as Depression, is a mental illness which affects people by making them feel despair over extended periods of time. It is a real medical condition with mental, emotional, environmental and physical effects.

About 1 in 10 Canadians will suffer from a Major Depressive Disorder in their life, and although women are more likely to develop this mental illness, it does not mean men are immune. It is known to be hereditary, and people with chronic issues tend to be prone to it.

Some things that may lead to depression is the family history, chemical imbalances in your brain, abusive situations, traumatic events, increased stress (especially at work), chronic illness and substance abuse. These are only but a few out of a vast list.

A less commonly known type of Depression is “Seasonal Affective Disorder”, also known as SAD. It happens when there is loss of daylight, and affects between 3-5% of Canadian Adults. Usually the symptoms get better in the spring!


SYMPTOMS
⦁ Have you felt feelings of despair of hopelessness for at least two weeks?
⦁ Is it difficult for you to find interest in activities of focus on your day to day life?
⦁ Do you have a family history of mental illness?
⦁ Do you feel overwhelmed, even when thinking about simple tasks?
⦁ Does creating or maintaining relationships seem difficult, or take more effort than before?
⦁ Do you feel as if your life has purpose?
⦁ Do you have aches and pains that seem to come from nowhere?
⦁ Do you feel as if you have no more energy?
⦁ Have you lost control of your appetite/weight? Either gaining, losing or fluctuating a significant amount.
⦁ Have you started having stomach or intestine (bathroom) issues?
⦁ Have you lost your libido?
⦁ Do you feel on edge/impatient?
⦁ Do you find it difficult making up your mind on things?
⦁ Do you find it difficult to concentrate at work or school?
⦁ Do you feel yourself forgetting details or where you placed things?
⦁ Do you feel as if you are moving in slow motion or your words aren’t coming out as fast as you would like them to?
⦁ Do you have dark or suicidal thoughts?*** (IF YES, SEEK HELP IMMEDIATELY).

If you have been experiencing these symptoms every day, for most of the day, for over two weeks, please go talk to your doctor! They can asses the situation and recommend any therapy or medication that will help YOU.


SUCCESS STORIES

In August 2016, I started struggling in my personal life. I was living in an environment that was unhealthy, and then met a wonderful person that sadly, had a toxic person abusing them daily. We removed ourselves out of this situation, but nothing improved. I fractured my ankle in September, fell ill with walking pneumonia and misdiagnosed with asthma. This on top of the toxic person ended up costing me my school life as I missed too many classes to proceed with the program, had to quit work as I could not be employed for the hours I promised, had my friends leave me, my parents put me down and my cat passed away. I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia again, but this time with bronchitis. I lost my social circle, my place in my community, my status in my family as well as incredible amount of wages. With all of this, I have started struggling with depression.
HOWEVER, Instead of focusing on the negative, I want to talk to you lovelies about the positive steps that I have taken to advance my life even through all of these ordeals. I started doing yoga and working out at home, eating properly and taking vitamins. I have changed my bedside table light to UV as I am not leaving the apartment as much as I would like to, but make sure to try and go out for fresh air! We are dealing with the negative person in our life, and after three moves in three months, my best friend and I have finally found a place to call home. I have applied to school for the Public Relations Diploma online so I can do something productive with my day, and obviously I started this social media a month and a half ago and have met all of you incredible people. I am ready to tackle the 🌎!
I am not depressed, I am simply just treating depression. Let’s bring some Hope and support into the conversation for us struggling with any kind of mental illness. 

Chloe.Meagan”


POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

Postpartum depression is a mental illness that can start at any time between your pregnancy to a year after you or your partner give birth. Someone with post partum may feel guilty, have frequent thoughts about being an unfit parent and not enjoy their baby. If left untreated, this could escalate to violent thoughts towards yourself of your baby, even if you feel as if you would never act on it.
Postpartum depression in no way makes you a bad parent and deserves to be supported just as much as other kind of mental illness. It is more common in mothers but can affect any new parents, even those who adopt! It can be cause by once again, many different things including but not limited to family history, trauma, sleep deprivation, environment and biology.


RESOURCES AND WAYS TO GET HELP


SOURCES

http://www.cmha.ca/mental-health/understanding-mental-illness/depression/

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