ONE in five people in South Derbyshire will have depression at some point in their lives, according to a new report.
Dr Buk Dhadda, a GP with Gresleydale Health Centre and governing body member of NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, also disclosed that a recent study showed that more than 120,000 Derbyshire adults were depressed – representing 12 per cent of the county’s population.
In a bid to help those dealing with the illness or those who might need help in the future, a concerted effort is being made to make people aware of the care that is on offer to them.
He said: “Depression is different for everyone but, just like any other illness, it can get better with the right help and support. There are many different ways of managing depression that can help people to lead a normal, healthy and active life.
“If people think they might be depressed, the advice is to talk about how they are feeling, either to friends, family and their GP.
“There are many things they can do, without needing professional help, such as maintaining a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, not drinking too much alcohol, socialising and taking up a hobby.
“If the problem persists, the best advice is to make an appointment to see their GP, who will be able to advise on the best treatment.
“This could be a prescription of medication or a referral to one of the primary care psychological therapy services now available to patients over 18 years of age across Derbyshire.”
Symptoms of depression include continuous low mood or sadness, low self-esteem, feelings of anxiety, worry, irritability or intolerance, suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self-harm.
Other symptoms include disturbed sleep or changes in appetite, weight or menstrual cycle.