An individual’s ability to relate with their family, friends, work-mates and the broader community is affected by their mental health.
In each year, approximately one in every five Australians will experience a mental illness. (Mindframe)
What does this look like at work and at home and at social occasions?
- Someone at work has a lot of negative things to say about people and tasks. They may fall short of KPIs and targets and blame everyone and everything else but not ever take personal responsibility.
- Someone at home has numerous fallouts or dramas with other family members, friends or neighbours etc.
- Over or under eating. Over drinking. Bullying. Passivity. Apathy. Anxiety. Angry.
When people are not on purpose, they are not ‘in wellness’. A human being tethered to tasks that are set by conditioning and are about’ have to’ or ‘survival’ or ‘going through the mouse wheel motions’ is a human being living off purpose. This makes people behave in unproductive ways, avoid their truths, partake in distractions or easily notice and judge faults in others. They don’t vibrate positively.
It is important to recognise that nearly every individual can be stressed and depressed by certain events. Most people get over the stress or depression within days or weeks while others do not. Ways that stress can lead to depression include the following:
- Past or long-standing stresses can increase the chances of an individual developing
depression in later years e.g. growing up in an abusive or uncaring family may increase
the risk of developing depression in adult life
- Events that affect a person’s self-esteem such as the break-up of a close relationship or
- Feelings of ‘shame’ for example, thinking they have not lived up to their own or others’
Depression and anxiety usually results from a combination of recent events and other longer-term or personal factors, rather than one immediate issue or event.
Although there’s been a lot of research in this complex area, there’s still much we don’t know. Depression is not simply the result of a ‘chemical imbalance’, for example because you have too much or not enough of a particular brain chemical. It’s complicated, and there are multiple causes of major depression. Factors such as genetic vulnerability, severe life stressors, substances you may take (some medications, drugs and alcohol) and medical conditions can affect the way your brain regulates your moods. (Black Dog Institute)
A few stats
In 2007, 45% of Australians aged 16-85 years, (or 7.3 million people), had at some point in their lifetime experienced a mental disorder.
In 2007, anxiety disorders were the most common class of mental disorders with woman being have a higher propensity.
In 2007, there were about 872,000 people who had a mental health disorder and felt they had an unmet need for assistance. The most common type of perceived unmet need was for counselling. ABS.
Depression and anxiety are the most prevalent mental disorders experienced by Australians. Depression alone is predicted to be one of the world’s largest health problems by 2020.
It is likely that with most instances of clinical depression, neurotransmitter function is disrupted. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that carry signals from one part of the brain to the next. There are many neurotransmitters serving different purposes. However, three important ones that affect a person’s mood are serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamine.
In normal brain function, neurotransmitters interact with a series of nerve cells, with the signal being as strong in the second and subsequent cells as it was in the first. However, in people who are depressed, mood regulating neurotransmitters fail to function normally, so that the signal is either depleted or disrupted before passing to the next nerve cell. (Black Dog Institute)
Key points to remember
- There is no single cause for depression; rather it’s a combination of stress and a person’s vulnerabilty to developing depression
- The predisposition to developing depression can be inherited
- Other biological causes for depression can include physical illness, the process of ageing
- Stress can trigger depression but understanding its particular meaning to the person is
- Certain temperament and personality styles pose risks for developing non-melancholic
If you or someone you know is suffering from depression. Get help. First port of call is the G.P.
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