Don't get me wrong I love the fact more and more people are talking about mental illnesses.
The more we talk about it the less stigma there is attached to it and the more likely people are to get help.
I'm just not really in favour of someone who's not mentally health trained giving advice on combatting depression.
Because in all reality it's an extremely complicated illness.
It's difficult for professionals with years of training to diagnose because many of the symptoms of depression are also symptoms of other mental and physical health difficulties.
So what are the '5 signs' according to the non-mental health professional who is blogging on an entrepreneur site?
1. Depression strips you of your energy and makes you feel lethargic. You stop doing things you enjoy because you feel exhausted. So you're now sleeping excessively, or not sleeping at all (insomnia).
I bet you're thinking well what's wrong with that it makes sense?
So I'm going to break each one down:
OK so now I've just debunked his 5 signs the real thing that wound me up was his 'solution' - be present, exercise and practice mindfulness.
If you are depressed please do not do this.
Under no uncertain terms have a go at mindfulness, or meditation.
One of the actual symptoms of depression, the only symptom which sets depression apart from all the other mental health difficulties is something termed 'negative automatic thoughts' (something which you'll notice is not in his list of symptoms). If you stop and try to clear your mind all you will do is enable all of these thoughts to come to the forefront and if you are trapped in depression this is not what you want to happen.
Not until you know how to handle them anyway.
That is what a therapist will show you how to do.
A therapist will show you how to take control of your thoughts, and of your life safely.
A therapist will guide you through all the scary and dark places your brain is purposely blocking you from accessing.
Look don't get me wrong I think meditation and mindfulness have their place and it is something I advise people to do in therapy. Just not during the height of depression.
Entrepreneurs don't go around telling people how to do physio on their legs when it's broken.
Entrepreneurs don't write blogs title 5 tips to overcome heart disease.
So please stop writing about how people can overcome depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD... and all the other mental health difficulties.
Yes, talk about your story.
Yes, share the things that helped you - with caution.
But stop making depression out to be something which can be overcome with a 15-minute walk around the block and a 10-minute chant whilst sat on a yoga mat.
If you are struggling then please reach out to your GP, a therapist or another health professional who can support you.
If you need anything just give me a shout & I'll do my best to help.
Have a great Tuesday - Katie.
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