It is estimated that for every six people, one will be clinically diagnosed with depression. In real terms the figures for depression are likely to be much higher and a good proportion of those left undiagnosed will be men.
Coping with mild depression is something within our self-help gift, but what you choose is important. Mild depression is diagnosed on the basis of the person experiencing at least one of these two symptoms: 1. Persistent sadness or low mood. 2. Marked reduction or pleasure in activities previously found enjoyable – and no more than five additional symptoms that may last for a few weeks.
Lifestyle stressors. This is all about where you live and how you live, because both can greatly influence your ability to manage stress. Your body will tell you when stress is building up and you push these aside at your peril. I’ve identified 10 lifestyle stressors that need to be monitored, and where necessary changed, in order to give your body and mind the upper hand.