On the inside,
Paddy lives with depression
Depression is a low mood disorder. We all feel down at times, but if these feelings last and get in the way of your life, you could have depression.
While many life events and experiences - such as a difficult childhood, broken relationship or unemployment - can lead to depression, sometimes there’s no specific cause.
I developed depression and spent much of my time self-harming, but I never really understood why I was doing it.
1 in 6 of us will be diagnosed at some point – ranging from mild to more severe depression. But not everyone with depression will see their GP, so the real number could be much higher.
Pick as many as you think
Depression is the second biggest cause of disability worldwide. While not a physical illness, it can have a severe effect on your ability to do everyday things. Jobs and relationships can become impossible to maintain.
I became very withdrawn and I sought to isolate myself as much as possible.
In the UK, women are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression. But they’re also more likely to seek help, so there could be many more men living with the condition than we know about. There are many ways to get support click below to find out more.
There’s definitely a 'macho culture' that can make it harder to speak up.
Like everyone, people with depression have good and bad days. But even if it’s not obvious to those around them, their illness is real and they can still be deeply affected by the low moods it brings.
I felt a need to put on a façade for my family and friends, to play the clown, even though I was doubting everything on the inside.