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Sarah Taylor: England wicketkeeper-batter takes break to deal with anxiety - BBC Sport. What does depression feel like? Trust me – you really don’t want to know. This is Depression Awareness Week, so it must be hoped that during this seven-day period more people will become more aware of a condition that a minority experience, and which most others grasp only remotely – confusing it with more familiar feelings, such as unhappiness or misery.

What does depression feel like? Trust me – you really don’t want to know

This perception is to some extent shared by the medical community, which can’t quite make its mind up whether depression is a physical “illness”, rooted in neurochemistry, or a negative habit of thought that can be addressed by talking or behavioural therapies. I’m not concerned about which of these two models is the more accurate. I’m still not sure myself. My primary task here is to try to explain something that remains so little understood as an experience – despite the endless books and articles on the subject. Because if the outsider cannot really conceptualise serious depression, the 97.5% who do not suffer from it will be unable to really sympathise, address it or take it seriously.

How not to talk to someone with depression. Being depressed is really not enjoyable.

How not to talk to someone with depression

Depression takes many forms for many different people – some people have highs and lows, some have major depression, some have functional days and others never do. Depression can involve a huge array of treatments including therapy, medication and experimental modalities. It can be permanent and intrusive, transitive. In all cases, depression is a monster, and depressed people often feel isolated and frustrated by what they’re experiencing. That’s made worse by some of the ways people respond to depression, like it’s something easily understood, and sometimes their suggestions are wildly unhelpful. So depression is just being really sad, right? Actually, no. Have you tried …? Yes, probably. Why not just cheer up? Seriously? It’s all in your mind Well, er, sort of. Sometimes it’s even a response to other medications; anaesthesia, for example, can cause depression for days, weeks and even months after surgery.

I can’t imagine … No, you probably can’t. Teenage depression - Family Lives. If your teenager is showing signs of depression, you may find yourself wondering whether it's 'just a phase' or something more serious.

Teenage depression - Family Lives

On average, three young people in every classroom are affected by mental health problems like depression. Many go undiagnosed and never get the help they need. Mental health problems cause more early deaths than either heart disease or cancer. Many teenagers are particularly vulnerable to depression, caused by the huge number of biological and social changes going on in their life, along with other factors like money worries and family breakdown. It can be difficult for many parents to know whether a child's moody or miserable behaviour is a sign of something more serious. “It’s not always obvious with teenagers if they are depressed,” says Dr Arthur Cassidy, psychologist at the Belfast Institute, who works with children with depression.

Signs of teenage depression: persistent sadnessloss of interest in lifetiredness/low energy. Andrew Solomon: Depression, the secret we share. Jack Green: GB hurdler on depression & the American dream. By Tom Reynolds BBC Sport "I am a runner.

Jack Green: GB hurdler on depression & the American dream

I have depression. I still believe I can be the best in the world. " Jack Green has never wanted for talent or self-belief. But in the last 18 months, the Great Britain 400m hurdler has discovered his unique sporting prowess is both a gift and a curse. Green finished less than two-tenths of a second away from an Olympic medal in the 4x400m relay at London 2012. But he is not a man anxious to cast his mind back. "Yeah, it's horrible to look back," he told BBC Sport from America, where he began a new life as a full-time athlete this week. "Being a professional sportsman we don't really believe in any weaknesses for a start, yet alone mental weaknesses because it's not the done thing is it? "It's an interesting part of my journey and if I ever did need to write an autobiography it'll be a long old chapter. " "I was a 19-year-old and I was 10th in the world," he said.

"It definitely had an impact on my illness. What has changed? Living with mental illness - BBC School Report. Bbc.co. What's it like to be depressed... when you're nine?