In Australia 1 in 10 individuals experience depression. Given the commonality of depression, I wanted to touch on what happens in the body when experiencing depression, as I think creating space for open discussion of mental health is so important now more than ever. It is important to note that mental illnesses are complex, and individuals’ experiences will vary.
Depression is a common mental illness, which negatively impacts how individuals feel, think and act. Depression is marked by feelings of sadness and/or loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed, which can lead to a number of emotional and physical symptoms, ultimately impacting an individual’s ability to function.
Below you can see the many ways in which depression can impact bodily functions, and while this may vary from person to person, it is important to understand the ways in which depression can impact the body.
It is evident the extent to which depression can impact the human body. It is important that individuals who suspect they may be experiencing depression seek professional support. However, there are steps individuals can take which may help to support their mind and body through this period. For example, research has found that breathing exercises can reduce depressive symptoms in some individuals.
If you or someone you know is experiencing depression, I encourage you/them to consult with your mental health professional to explore ways in which you can support your mind and body through this time. If you feel that breathwork may be of benefit to you, please reach out using the link below, and we can discuss your needs and develop a plan that is best suited to support you.