‘Depression is a thief that steals from people, robbing them of energy, vitality, self-esteem and any pleasure that they might previously have enjoyed,’ writes Dr Tony Bates in Understanding and Overcoming Depression (2001).
Bates calls depression the ‘common cold of psychiatry’, such is its prevalence, although it’s also a condition often ignored by those needing help. Most suffer alone: perhaps isolating themselves by withdrawing from family or friends. Often it’s triggered by an event such as losing a job or falling out with somebody close. But it’s unrelenting – feeding on itself to generate a seemingly-permanent funk that destroys our confidence. Certainly, months of hard and constructive work in building our confidence can ...