People sometimes talk about a downward spiral of events that leads to depression. Being depressed, you may stop sleeping, eating, and socialising.1 Some try to cope by using drugs or drinking too much alcohol. All of this can make you feel worse and can result in a downward spiral of depression.

Although some triggers will be beyond your control, it is possible to avoid extremes and it is important to ask for help and support when you need it.

When feeling blue, I don’t need to harm myself in any more ways for I’m already hurting. I deserve to feel as good as possible, I deserve to be kind towards myself. ~ Alma*

It can be helpful to recognise and look out for warning signs of extreme behaviours and when extremes of moods occur, have an action plan ready that includes external help and support.

 

Some people experience a downward spiral of depression1
Extremes of social behaviours and mood can be experienced by people with depression2
It can be helpful to recognise and look out for warning signs of extreme behaviour and seek appropriate help and support

 

*Names changed.
 

References

  1. NHS. Causes. Clinical depression. Available from: www.nhs.uk/conditions/clinical-depression/causes.
    Accessed on: December 9, 2019.
  2. American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-5. 5 ed. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press 2013.