Redundancy can leave you feeling devastated, in emotional turmoil and completely bewildered. It can be a major contributing factor to the onset of depression or in sustaining it.
Depression symptoms can include:
- You feel worried about the future
- Afraid of what might happen to you
- Have a glass half empty attitude
- Feel on edge and can’t relax
- Feel fed up
- Become easily angry with yourself, with life and with other
- Become easily agitated
- Get frustrated
- May seem defensive but really want someone to help you
- Take your problems out on those closest to you
- May get aggressive
- Feel you are about to explode
- Lack motivation
- Lack enthusiasm
- Reflect negatively about the future, past and present
- Feel an emptiness in your life
- Feel lonely and isolated
- Low Self Esteem
- Stomach pain
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Panic attacks
- Loss of appetite or overeating
- Have difficulty in sleeping
- Find it hard to concentrate
- Strong feelings of negative emotions
- Feel extra sensitive to people’s comments
- Extreme mood change
- No reason to get out of bed
- May neglect yourself and your environment
- Lack of interest in anything
- Feel extreme sadness
- Get upset and tearful
If you find you have experienced more of these symptoms since being made redundant, then it is likely your redundancy has triggered these reactions through cause and affect.
If you experienced almost all of these symptoms on a regular basis before you were made redundant, it is possible:
- You have experienced trauma in your life which is still affecting you either consciously or subconsciously.
- Your lifestyle encourages these symptoms
- Your work instigated them
- Your personal situation fuels them
- You may have a depression disorder
It’s important to know that you are not alone
Treatment for Depression – What can you do?
IMPORTANT – IF YOU FEEL SUICIDAL OR YOU MAY SELF HARM IN ANY WAY – YOU MUST STOP IMMEDIATELY – DON’T DO IT. SEEK IMMEDIATE HELP.
PHONE SAMARITANS UK – AVAILABLE 24HRS A DAY, ON 08457 90 90 90 Website http://www.samaritans.org
OR PHONE SANELINE – AVAILABLE EVERY DAY 6PM-11PM, ON 0845 7678000 Website http://www.sane.org.uk
PHONE A FAMILY MEMBER OR A FRIEND – YOU ARE NOT THINKING STRAIGHT AND YOU DO NEED HELP – DO NOT BE AFRAID OR ASHAMED TO ASK FOR HELP.
For your long term safety and health, consult a Doctor or qualified Medical Practitioner about your problems, who may prescribe medication.
Get some counselling through your doctor or by self referral, pay privately if you can’t wait.
Or to visit your local Samaritans branch, log onto; http://www.samaritans.org/talk_to_someone/find_my_local_branch.aspx
If you think you may have a disorder, ask your doctor to refer you for an assessment.
Get as much help and support as possible especially from family and friends
Speak to other people who have been made redundant and share your experiences
Join help groups, for more information log onto; http://www.depressionalliance.org
Others things you can do to help depression:
- Read self help books
- Get into a positive state of mind and sustain it
- Spend time doing things you enjoy, which make you feel happy and relaxed
- Get creative, try to take your mind off your problems with distractions
Depression and anxiety can be closely related, as having one can lead to the other and as such it is possible to experience symptoms of both. Everyone will experience varying degrees of anxiety and depression depending on their own individual circumstances and each should be treated for anxiety and depression accordingly.
More information can be found on the MIND website; http://www.mind.org.uk/help/depression_and_anxiety
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