At Your Wits End?

Stress and Depression Does Not Discriminate Between Fathers or Mothers

Depression

  • One in six New Zealanders will experience serious depression, at some time in their life.
  • Depression is the most common risk factor for suicidal behaviour (it’s estimated that depression increases the risk of suicide by 20 times).
  • The World Health Organisation estimates that by the year 2020, depression will be the second most common cause of ill health and premature death worldwide.
  • Depression is one of the most common reasons that people are absent from work, or are unable to run a home.

Symptoms of Depression:

KEY SIGNS

  • Constantly feeling down or hopeless.
  • Having little interest or pleasure in doing things you used to enjoy.

POSSIBLE SIGNS

  • Irritability or restlessness feeling tired all the time, or general loss of energy.
  • Feelings of emptiness or loneliness.
  • No longer interested in favourite activities.
  • Sleep problems – too much, or too little.
  • Weight loss or gain.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Problems with concentration
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Thinking about death a lot

Anxiety

Often people with depression also find they worry about things more than usual. This is known as anxiety. It can cause physical symptoms like pain, a pounding heart or stomach cramps and for some people these physical symptoms are their main concern.

Anxiety may be constant, or it may come and go in certain circumstances. Either way it’s important to recognise anxiety when it occurs, and to seek help.

If you recognise any or all of these signs – particularly the key signs – you should take action sooner rather than later. Depression is far easier to deal with before it gets serious. Take some time to understand what can cause it, and then explore treatment options to help you to get through it.

Depression helpline 0800 111 757
www.depression.org
You can take a 2 minute test to see if your showing warming signs of depression: Depression self test

Stress

Health Navigator Nz

They have several brochures on different types of stress including financial stress.

Symptoms of Stress

Stress is our body’s natural reaction to any kind of excess demand or threat.

In small doses, stress can be useful – we work faster, are more motivated and focused or can achieve a challenging physical goal.

On the other hand, long-term stress can be harmful.

Symptoms of stress are different for each person, but common symptoms include:

  • Headaches, muscle tension, neck or back pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Feeling anxious, or jittery
  • Being more irritable or angry than normal
  • Overeating or loss of appetite and not eating well
  • Upset stomach
  • Chest pains, rapid heartbeat
  • Not sleeping
  • Feeling tired, flat, down or ‘worn out’
  • Finding it hard to concentrate or focus
  • Needing coffee, energy drinks or sugar buzz to keep going
  • Increased skin infections,mouth ulcers, colds, rashes or asthma

Support

  • Mental Health Foundation NZ
  • Depression Helpline 0800 111 757
  • Lifeline 0800 543 354
  • Healthline 0800 611 116
  • Samaritans 0800 726 666
  • Youthline 0800 376 633

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