Depression is becoming one of the leading killers in this world today. It kills people firstly on the inside, until they have nothing left to give anymore. It cripples you, to a point that you do not know where to go or who you are. People who might have depression and do not want to admit it will say, I am just a bit down. Maybe I will feel better tomorrow. Tomorrow comes and the same pattern repeats itself. Days go by. Weeks go by. And the feeling does not seem to change. This is when you know it is more than just sadness.
What is Depression?
Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.
More than just a bout of the blues, depression isn’t a weakness and you can’t simply “snap out” of it. Depression may require long-term treatment. But don’t get discouraged. Most people with depression feel better with medication, psychological counseling or both.
So how do you know you are showing symptoms of depression:
- Feelings of sadness, fearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness
- Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
- Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports
- Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
- Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take an extra effort
- Changes in appetite — often reduced appetite and weight loss, but increased cravings for food and weight gain in some people
- Anxiety, agitation or restlessness
- Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself for things that aren’t your responsibility
- Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
- Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
- Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
Depression is more than just sadness. It is an out-of-body experience. You can’t cheer up or be more thankful, find the word of God and everything will just fall into place. It is a disease. Like any other illness. What I was trying to say with the previous sentence is most people believe there are no such thing. Christians sometimes find it hard to define, because they believe you find peace in God. Which is true, but God helps the ones who helps themselves. The people who acknowledge they need help and go gets it.
People need to get the message that there is no shame in getting help, before it is too late. Depression is becoming more and more prevalent in the world we live in. We have so many things challenging us in today’s life that can really motivate a person.
If I had to describe being depressed, it would probably be the worst feeling ever. Feeling unlike the person that you use to know. For some the disease takes over and they see no way out but death. This is too heartbreaking, because it is a chemical imbalance in the brain that can be restored with the correct medicine. There is different forms and types of depression and I am not going to go into it on this blog. You are more than welcome to go visit : http://www.sadag.org or call their toll-free line : 0800 212223, if you need or want to learn much more than what I have put here on this blog.
My aim with this blog is to break the stigma. And to let everyone know that there is help out there. Many people will use money as an excuse. You can go to your local hospital and go speak to a psychologist or if you’re not comfortable with seeing a shrink, you can go to your own doctor. He will also be able to refer you. To get the proper help you need to go see psychiatrist, if your doctor’s advice or medicine did not help you. He will prescribe anti-depressant with the information that you give him or he will refer you if he feels your condition needs a more specialized approach. You do not have to suffer in silence. There is always help out there. Stop worrying about what other people think! Most people fear things they do not understand, but it is okay. As long as you and God know, the rest does not have a say.
A person’s health is one of the most important things in life. Never risk your physical, emotional or mental health, because you are too ashamed of the stigma attached to it. Be the one to rise up and say, I am a depression survivor! I fight everyday and I win everyday. It is a process but most things in life is a journey and a process. But each process brings amazing experiences.