I was incredibly sorry to hear about the heartbreaking news that Robin Williams had passed away on 11th August. He was an amazing actor, who seemed to be full of life on and off screen. He filled so many of our childhood memories with laughter and joy. He was a great actor who will be deeply missed around the world.
Depression is a serious illness which is often ignored. If anyone is ever continuously down please reach out and talk to someone, never be ashamed to seek help. We are all human and we all face individual battles that many people (even close friends and family) might not be aware of. When you have depression, it so much more than feeling sad.
Depression is a medical illness, it is NOT a sign of weakness. This illness effects so many people in various ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms; i.e. Intense feelings of sadness, losing interest in things you enjoy, hopelessness and feeling very tearful; often for no real reason at all. Many people with depression may have symptoms of anxiety. There are also physical symptoms too, such as feeling constantly tired, poor sleeping patterns or not being able to sleep at all, having no appetite and complaining of various aches and pains. All these systems can vary with regards to a level of seriousness. At its mildest, you may simply feel persistently low in spirit, while at its most severe, depression can make you feel suicidal and that life is no longer worth living.
If anyone reading my post has symptoms of depression I urge you to speak to someone and seek help. Sharing a problem with someone else or even a group of people can give you the best support needed. Research shows that talking about your problems can help you cope better with stress and eventually recover from depression.
Depression can affect 1 in 10 of us at one point in our lives and it CAN be treatable.
Please see further information regarding depression below: