Not so long ago, a report on Health.com listed sales as one of the 10 professions where workers are most likely to experience depression.
If you didn’t know already, depression affects about one in ten of the population – and can affect absolutely anyone – I’m sure over the course of this year alone most people reading this will have heard a few terribly sad news stories regarding attractive, rich, famous, and talented people who have found their battle with depression unbearable.
And we all know that Sales and Sales Management can be an incredibly tough and lonely way to earn a living, so this week I wanted to assure you that – if it’s all getting a bit too much – there’s light at the end of the tunnel and you certainly don’t have to go through it alone.
Now clearly I’m not a doctor – I’m writing this because when I read that statistic it made me step back and think – and I’m more than aware that it’s getting closer to that time of year when some people can feel more pressure or more alone than they do at any other time. So, for those of you who’d like a little more information, I’ve included some useful links below.
Dispelling the Myth
There are some who still think depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. But depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it’s not a sign of weakness or something you can “snap out of “ by “pulling yourself together”
The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery.
What are the Symptoms of Depression?
Depression affects people in many different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms.
They range from lasting feelings of sadness and hopelessness to losing interest in the things you used to enjoy and feeling very tearful or anxious. There can be physical symptoms too such as feeling constantly tired, sleeping badly, having no appetite and complaining of various aches and pains.
For a more detailed list, you can read more about the symptoms of depression at this link.
When Should You See a Doctor?
It’s always important to seek proper medical advice for any condition – so you should seek help from your GP if you think you may be depressed.
If you’ve been feeling low for more than a few days, there’s a short NHS test if you follow the link – which may help.
What Can I Do to Help Myself Right Now?
Many people with depression benefit by making lifestyle changes such as getting more exercise, cutting down on alcohol and eating more healthily. Find out more about how improving your lifestyle can help you beat depression at this link.
While researching for this article, I also found two other links that you may find useful.
If you have any useful (genuinely helpful and on topic) links relating to your part of the world, please feel free to leave a comment so that others can benefit – sometimes pointing people in the right direction can be all the help they need.
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