Have you been down in the dumps for a while? How to know when it’s time to ask for help.
Feelings of sadness and dejection come and go, but if your low mood persists for more than two weeks and affects your ability to manage important relationships or function at work, it’s time to consider asking for help.
Unfortunately, distinguishing between a rough spell and depression isn’t always easy. It’s made more difficult by the stigma of mental illness – people can be unwilling to identify depression as the the problem – but the sooner depression is identified and treated, the easier it is to return to your happy, health self.
A loss of motivation and interest in things that you were once passionate about is a key sign that more is going on than just a passing foul mood. Depression doesn’t always look like debilitating sadness. A common experience of depression is the inability to feel much of anything. Others may interpret this emotional numbness as being distant or aloof and you can end up isolating yourself from the people most willing to provide you with love and support.
ACHES AND PAINS.
In a Canadian study published in the journal Pain, people with depression were four times more likely to have intense or disabling neck and lower back pain than those who were not depressed. When you are tuned into the negativity in your life, you are more likely to pay attention to physical discomforts stomachaches and headaches, or even experience greater sensitivity to pain in general.
You are glued to Facebook, or to the TV, or eating, or shopping, or gambling… basically doing anything to excess, especially activities done alone or online. The quest for the short-term boost of good feelings these activities grant us is a common coping mechanism, but it can lead you to feel more isolated in the end.
Depression can occur on it’s own, when everything else seems to be going just fine, and it can also appear in combination with other challenges in your life. If you or someone you care about is dealing with more than just being temporarily down in the dumps, now is the perfect time to reach out for some help.
Unison is here for you. Any place. Any time. With Unison’s Assistance Program, Canadian music industry professionals can access immediate, confidential help for any health and wellness concern, 24-7, by phone or online. Call today and be directed to the applicable, skilled professional who can help you come up with a plan for smoking cessations, nutrition and meal planning, physical fitness or mental health.
Unison’s Assistance Program is always free and completely confidential.