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Depression Awareness week – 15th to 22nd April ’13

Leading Depression charity – Depression Alliance holds Depression awareness week

Depression Alliance charity is holding its annual Depression Awareness week between 15thand 22ndApril 2013. Held every April, Depression Awareness week is aimed at helping raise awareness of the trials and tribulations around living with Depression.

Depression Alliance charity

The Depression Alliance is the leading charity in the UK for people living with Depression. The charities aim is to provide valuable support and guidance for people living with the affects of this treatable condition. In their words “Depression Alliance believes that the stigma and lack of accurate information surrounding depression continues to prevent people from seeking and finding appropriate and vital help when it is required. Early intervention and information are crucial in enabling those affected by depression to recover quickly and – critically – in preventing further episodes.” For more information about Depression visit the Depression Alliance website. Site: Depression Alliance

About Depression

Depression is one of the most common forms of Mental Health issues in the country today, along with Stress and Anxiety. The word ‘depression’ or term ‘feeling depressed’ is used to describe the thoughts and emotions that come with feeling low or down, which can affect us all from time to time. People who are affected by depression are not just sad or low, they have a medical condition that can cause a number of intense feelings. Many people feel low or depressed every now and again, however depression is where the symptoms are more persistent and over a longer term. Below is a list of symptoms that would usually be experiences as a result of the condition. The general rule is that if an individual suffers four or more of these symptoms for the majority of the day and over a period of 2 or more weeks, then you should seek advice from a professional:
  • Struggling to concentrate
  • Feeling sad or low
  • Tiredness or low energy levels
  • Sleeping problems such as distorted sleeping patterns
  • Low self esteem or lack of confidence
  • Aching muscles or physical pains
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Low sex drive or sexual problems
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Self harm

What help is available for Depression?

There are a number of different ways to treat depression and many different schools of thought as to the best approach to treating the condition. Often it is found that a combination of different treatments provides the best results and the results can differ greatly from one individual to the next. People suffering from depression should seek help from a professional such as a GP, Counsellor or contact a charity such as Depression Alliance for more information. There are a number of forms of medication available to treat depression, known as ‘anti-depressants’. These forms of medication are usually only available under prescription from your GP and are designed to level or normalise the brain activity for anyone suffering from Depression.

About Depression Life Insurance

The Insurance Surgery is a leading specialist in working with and helping individuals living with pre-existing medical conditions such as Depression. It may be difficult to obtain cover if you are an individual living with the affects of Depression as insurance providers can have very different underwriting criteria for the condition. It is important to speak to a specialist such as The Insurance Surgery as they would know which companies would be more sympathetic for depression life insurance and offer the best premiums. For more information about and quotations for depression life insurance then please do not hesitate to contact one of our expert consultants on 0800 083 2829 or visit our home page.

About Depression Travel insurance and other financial products

The Insurance Surgery also specialises in a number of other insurance and financial products for those living with pre-existing conditions such as depression. Our specialist website ( has information and offers guidance on a number of insurance services/products aimed specifically at helping these individuals such as:
  • Life Insurance
  • Travel Insurance
  • Income Protection
  • Critical Illness Cover
  • Annuities
  • Equity Release
  • Pensions
  • Mortgages
  • Care Home Funding

For more information about any of the products available please contact us on 0800 083 2829.