These are the symptoms of depression (according to the National Health Service (NHS) here in the UK):
|continuous low mood or sadness||moving or speaking more slowly than usual||avoiding contact with friends and taking part in fewer social activities|
|feeling hopeless and helpless||changes in appetite or weight (usually decreased, but sometimes increased)||neglecting your hobbies and interests|
|having low self-esteem||constipation||having difficulties in your home, work or family life|
|feeling tearful||unexplained aches and pains|
|feeling guilt-ridden||lack of energy|
|feeling irritable and intolerant of others||low sex drive (loss of libido)|
|having no motivation or interest in things||changes to your menstrual cycle|
|finding it difficult to make decisions||disturbed sleep – for example, finding it difficult to fall asleep at night or waking up very early in the morning|
|not getting any enjoyment out of life|
|feeling anxious or worried|
|having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself|
It took me blooming ages to make that table and colour it a beautifully symbolic blue, so make sure you take a good look at it.
You see, the thing is, I’m feeling a bit down this morning and, to be honest, for the last couple of days. It’s nothing that I can put my finger on and it could just be the effect of the chewing gum I’m using to pull stuff from the hole in my tooth that I can’t get fixed because the dentists can’t go near us because of some covid-19 stuff that’s killing people all over the planet. Or it could be …
You know what – forget it. I just took a break from this, had a bit of a snack (a choccy bar (sugar free), a bag of crisps and a nice cup of tea (sitting steaming on my right)) and wrote a list of all the things that are bugging me at the moment (a to-do-list in other words). And I feel stacks better now. Depression? Pah – it ain’t nothing but bio-chemistry and not sorting sh..tuff out (in my particular case).
But hey, if’n you are having some or all of these symptoms and they are affecting your ability to have a great day, then talk to someone about it. But probably not me – I’m a bit too pragmatic about this kinda stuff to do you any good.
Oh, here’s the list I made:
Right, loving you and leaving you now – I’ve got stuff to do!