For parents, it is both exciting and and overwhelming watching their children grow up. They watch them take their first steps, start school, finish school and then eventually most children decide to move out of home. While this is an eventful milestone for many families, some parents experience what’s been labelled ‘empty nest syndrome’. ‘Empty nest syndrome’ is an informal term used for the sadness, grief, loneliness experienced by some parents after their child leaves home. Not all parents experience these feelings and some enjoy the freedom that comes with their children leaving their home. However, some parents struggle with ‘empty nest syndrome’ which can either last for a short period or in some cases persist for longer periods, making them vulnerable to developing depression.
Anxiety and depression are two different mental health illnesses. Although depression and anxiety are not the same, they do have some similar elements. In addition to having some similarities, depression and anxiety often occur together. It is unknown why the two mental health illnesses occur together so often. While depression is usually considered a low energy state and anxiety is considered a high energy state, there appears to be a link between the two. Often when a person has depression, they also experience a lot of anxiety.
Everyone occasionally feels sad, lonely, disappointed or unmotivated. These are all normal emotions that most people experience at various times in their life, especially after a sad event. However, most people also get over these feelings of sadness and are able to feel better after a little while. So how do people know when they are depressed or just feeling a bit sad?
Its that time of year when we can feel a little cold snap in the air. Summer is over and winter is on our doorstep!! Every year when the weather turns cool and the daylight hours dwindle there are some people that experience the winter blues which can turn into a type of depression.
Anyone with children at school would have been exposed to some form of bullying at one stage or another. Some parents have children at school that have been bullied, some parents have children that are the bully while other parents have children that may not have been directly affected by bullying but may have been witness to bullying or known someone that was bullied. Whether your child has been exposed to bullying or not, most parents are concerned about the issue of bullying affecting their child.
Having a baby is one of the most memorable and precious moments of your life. Like many people, you have probably dreamt of the day that you will have a baby! Although this is a wonderful time in your life, it can also be quite stressful! Having a baby is a major life change and it takes time for new parents to adjust to a new way of life. It is normal to feel overwhelmed at times but if you are feeling depressed, overwhelmed or anxious most of the time for more than two weeks, you may be experiencing symptoms of Postnatal Depression.
Valentines Day is a romantic time of year when we celebrate love and spend time with those we cherish. It’s an excuse to have a night out together, or spoil your partner and show your romantic side. While many couples enjoy this time of year, others try to avoid it all together! Valentines Day is a painful reminder to some people of what they don’t have and what they may be missing out on. In actual fact, some people experience loneliness and depression in the weeks surrounding Valentines Day!
Anxiety is a normal, natural emotion that most children experience during their lifetime. Some children react more intensely to situations that they consider threatening and find it harder to get their emotions under control.
Social Anxiety (or social phobia) is a form of anxiety where a person has an intense fear of being scrutinised in public. This fear can be restricted to specific situations or generalised to most situations. To reduce symptoms of the fear and anxiety, people may undertake repetitive behaviours or they may use avoidance strategies. In some situations where the anxiety is generalised, this can result in total social isolation.
Can you believe it’s nearly Christmas again? Christmas is a magical time of year when loved ones come together and everyone is happy….. righty? Sadly, while many people love the Christmas period, there are many people that find Christmas very stressful and experience symptoms of depression. Not everyone enjoys Christmas, and in fact many people get depressed and even angry around the Christmas period.