What is depression? #whatisdepression

#whatisdepression Hi, I’m Matthew. And I’m Amalia. So, what is depression? People with depression often have big
feelings of sadness, misery and anger for weeks or months and
these feelings can be so huge that it’s like they take over their lives. They often feel stressed or grumpy or
cry for no reason. You might be thinking ‘I’ve felt sad at
times. Does that mean I’ve got depression?’ Not necessarily. I mean I’ve had those
thoughts feelings too. Yeah me too. They’re emotions. Feeling sad, happy, proud, calm, angry, annoyed or worried. They’re part of the whole big
picture of emotions that make us human. But for someone with depression they kind of feel stuck and they find it
really hard to move on from those sad feelings or anger or thoughts in their head that
might tell them they’re no good. And that means they can experience those feelings or thoughts over a long, long time. Weeks, months and for some people years. The thing is when I feel sad or miserable it might last a little while, maybe even a
day or so but that’ll change. I’ll go for a walk or play with my dog or see a funny clip on YouTube or a friend will call me and we’ll talk
about it and that helps. For someone with depression it might be that those feelings are the only things they see, or feel or experience when they wake
in the morning, during the day and when they go to bed at night. They’re not doing this on purpose. In
fact they don’t really want to be like this at all. They’re not likely to snap out of it
either or feel better the next day or even the day after that. So if you live with someone with depression you might see them looking sad all the
time or really down or tired or angry and irritable. And if that’s your
parent it can be really hard for you to work through all that stuff. You might also notice other things. Someone with depression might stop having fun or being fun or enjoying
things that they usually enjoy. They could feel super bad about
themselves or others around them and say some stuff like ‘I’m worthless’ or
‘everything’s crap’. Sometimes they just seem angry. They
might stay in bed or sleep all day or have trouble sleeping at night. They
could also have trouble concentrating on stuff like what you’re saying to them for example. They might feel tired all the time, have no energy or just find it hard to finish stuff that they start. Not everyone experiences depression in
the same way. Depression is a mental illness that’s diagnosed by doctors but that doesn’t mean you can catch it so having a parent with depression doesn’t mean you will get it too. If you want to know more about where
mental illness like this comes from check out the video on this website – #whatismentalillness And remember – you didn’t cause this.
It’s not your fault. And it’s not your job to make your parent
better either. But the good news is there are things
that they can choose to do to get help. What parents can do Sometimes talking about it helps or getting support from other adults. Sometimes seeing a doctor, taking
medicine or seeing a psychologist can help people
with depression. Remember, lots of people with a mental illness do get better and enjoy their family, their friends and other fun stuff around
them. Check out the video on this website (#gettingbetter) for more information. So this doesn’t have to last forever.
Having a parent with depression it’s sometimes confusing and even a bit
scary and tough on you and it might be hard to not feel like
everything’s getting you down or the world’s a bit miserable and gloomy. It’s really important that you make sure you look after yourself. Do things you enjoy, find someone to talk
to, have some space and check out the video on this website –
#lookingafteryou. Try to find someone to talk over some of
your worries with and it could be a parent, a family friend, a trusted adult or the Kids Helpline and the numbers on the screen. Free call 1800 55 1800. And it doesn’t have to be a crisis to call them. They have trained people who you can talk to and it’s all private. There’s lots of other information you might find helpful on the COPMI website at www.copmi.net.au/youth And check out some of the other videos
on this website. Take good care of yourself. Children of Parents with a Mental Illness-www.copmi.net.au Kids HelpLine 1800 55 1800. The Children of Parents with a Mental Illness national initiative is funded by the Australian Government.

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