Do you experience some or all of these symptoms on a daily basis?
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. A bleak outlook – nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation.
- Loss of interest in daily activities. No interest in former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. You’ve lost your ability to feel joy and pleasure.
- Appetite or weight changes. Significant weight loss or weight gain – a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.
- Sleep changes. Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping (also known as hypersomnia).
- Anger or irritability. Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent. Your tolerance level is low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves.
- Loss of energy. Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained. Your whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete.
- Self-loathing. Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. You harshly criticize yourself for perceived faults and mistakes.
- Reckless behavior. You engage in escapist behavior such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports.
- Concentration problems. Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
- Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.
This could be a sign that you are suffering from Depression. Proper management leads to dramatic health improvements. At Topmed, our comprehensive Mental Wellness programme is run by qualified Psychiatric Nursing Sisters, and is designed to significantly improve the treatment and compliance of our members.
Benefits of the programme:
- Telephonic confidential support from qualified nurses
- Detailed assessment of your personal risk factors and assistance with registering for benefits to help you to manage your symptoms
- Referral to specialists if necessary
- Reduced admissions to hospital and better out of hospital treatment
How do you register?
- Contact us on 0860 00 21 58
- Ask your doctor to contact us
If you have had an admission to hospital or are taking medicines for depression, one of our nurses may also contact you to invite you to join. You will need to give your doctor permission to share information with us, as the benefits are subject to specific clinical criteria. This is to make sure that we are helping members who need it the most.