Between the instinct of life that dies and the instinct of death that comes to life, depression sets in. A downward spiral...
Depression is a mental illness that affects the way we feel, think and act. It is the state of a person who is unable to control his or her sad mood. He or she become overwhelmed for weeks on end by a wave of negative emotions that are more intense than usual.
Such unhappiness stifles any sense of pleasure, hinders the joy of life and diminishes hope for the future, thereby fuelling suicidal thoughts.
Far from being a mere feeling of sorrow, this painful experience can give the impression that it is never-ending that the depressed person will remain forever stuck in a state of unparalleled suffering and misery. Depression alters perception: it hinders the ability to see the positive side of things and to adopt an optimistic attitude.
Seeing everything in black and other symptoms…
The person with depression experiences both physical and psychological symptoms. Physically, the person suffers from sleeping disorders, loses energy or becomes more agitated. He or she might have an increased or decreased appetite.
Psychologically, low self-esteem and an inability to make decisions are noticed. The person also lacks concentration, motivation and interest. He or she no longer focuses on daily activities and professional obligations and falls into the abyss. People suffering from depression isolate themselves from family and society, showing a tendency to cry or expressing a constant urge to cry.
There are different types of depression that need to be taken seriously, such as:
- Major Depression: This is the condition of a person who has at least five symptoms of depression. This type, which lasts two weeks or more, interferes with daily activities and triggers suicidal thoughts.
- Dysthymia: This is a chronic depression that is less severe than major depression. Without treatment, the person may remain in this state for years, thinking that it is due to his or her sluggishness. Usually, the person is able to function, but still remains unhappy and has moderate symptoms.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder: This type is related to the dull, grey days of winter. Sensitive to the lack of light, people suffer from winter blues and lose motivation to carry out their activities. However, these symptoms fade with the arrival of spring.
- Psychotic Depression: The person who suffers from this type of depression disconnects from reality and becomes a victim of negative hallucinations.
- Postpartum Depression: It occurs in new mothers, three months after giving birth. This type is due to hormonal changes in women during and after pregnancy, lack of sleep, stressful life situations and past experiences of depression and bipolar disorder.
There are different types of depression that need to be taken seriously
There are many treatment methods that can be used separately or together, such as psychotherapy
Back to the source…
Rarely does a single cause lead to depression. Symptoms appear as a result of a combination of several factors, such as:
- Genetic predisposition to depression and physiological disorders, as well as physical illnesses.
- Past traumatic experiences, the recent and main source of stress and the tendency to jabe a bleak outlook to life.
- The quality of relationships with family, friends, co-workers and society.
- Living and economic conditions.
Under one umbrella
Stigma accompanies all forms of mental illness. Before we cast depressed people aside and judge their behaviors, we should keep in mind that anyone can be affected by depression. Age, gender, nationality, social status and education will be of little value in this context.
Living in harmony
We can also take control of our life. We can manipulate and balance its various physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and economic aspects. With a touch of love and patience, we will be able to maintain good mental health.
Breathe life into your…life
Like many other stories in our lives, this one has a happy ending. Depression is a treatable mental illness.
A family doctor or health care professional can come to your aid and assess whether you are suffering from depression or similar symptoms. The important thing is to seek help early to increase your chances of recovery.
There are many treatment methods that can be used separately or together, such as psychotherapy. There are other treatment methods too, such taking medications prescribed by a doctor.