“Feeling down, lonely or distressed” and “I can’t find someone to talk to” are common statements for expats. Along with the challenges of adapting to a new culture, people who move to a different location can crave their previous social networks, the warmth of a friendly smile or an understanding look from a friend. Once the glamour of a high salary and a luxurious lifestyle has faded away, people can find it hard to fill the emptiness caused by the absence of the social and emotional support of partners, family and friends as these are the things that actually keep us “well” in the world.
If you have persisting negative feelings and feel that you are unable to build a supportive social network, establish the right lifestyle, or believe that loneliness is affecting your quality of life, you may be one of the millions around the world suffering from depression, which is widely reported among expats.
How to recognise it?
Some common signs of depression include:
- Feeling down, unhappy or sad most of the time
- Being unable to enjoy your time or take pleasure in as many things as before
- Feeling tired or exhausted most of the time
- Having difficulties with your sleep, such as finding it hard to fall asleep, having interrupted sleep or waking up early in the morning
- Changing your eating pattern (overeating, loss of appetite)
- Becoming irritable most of the time, and easily breaking into tears
- Having a hard time focusing on work or studies, which is affecting your performance
- Experiencing headaches, muscle tension, heavy breathing or other physical symptoms that your GP can find no medical explanation for
- Feeling worthless, unloved, or that you do not matter to anyone
- Feeling that you have failed yourself or your loved ones
What to do?
If you or anyone you know is experiencing symptoms of depression, then help is needed.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO) reports, depression is the second leading cause of disability, and is expected to be number one in 2020. Recognising or suspecting that you may be depressed requires immediate attention and professional help in order to be able to pull through and recover safely.
Depression is treatable. There are many helpful antidepressant medications that can help re-establish the chemical imbalance in your brain, restore your prior mood, your functionality and sense of feeling well again. Depression can also be treated without medication, or with a combination of both medication and therapy. Proper psychotherapy is crucial for helping you to manage stressors, acquire successful coping skills and alter your negative thoughts.
Turn to Priory Wellbeing Centre
For further information on how we can help, you can receive a free telephone consultation, where we can provide you with details on our treatment. If you would like a consultation, call today on (+971) 4 245 3800 or submit an enquiry form in confidence.