Depression is not a joke, it has never been. Fight with depression.
Article by Manoleena Bhattacharjee , Psychology student (Karmashree Hiteshwar Saikia College)
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 in doing normal day to day activities and sometimes you may feel life is not worth living. More than just about blues, Depression isn’t a weakness and you cannot simply “snap out” of it. Depression may require long term treatment, but don’t get panic or discouraged most people with depression feel better with medication, psychotherapy or both. Depression is a illness like any other illness such as cancer and malaria. During depression the person undergo symptoms which occur most of the day, Nearly everyday –
Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness and hopelessness.
Angry outburst, 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 task take extra efforts.
Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased carvings for food and weight gain.
Anxiety agitation or restlessness.
Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements.
Feelings of worthlessness or guilt fixating on past failures or self blame.
Trouble thinking, concentration, making decision and remembering things.
Frequent of recurrent thought of death, suicidal thoughts, suicidal attempt or suicide.
Unexplained physical problems such as back pain of headaches.
For many people with depression, symptoms are severe enough to cause noticeable problems in day to day activities or relationships with others. Some people may feel generally miserable or unhappy without really knowing why.
One would think that an illness affect 17.3 million peoples and most of them are correlated with suicidal ideation, drug use disorder and drastic drop in productivity is taken seriously. One would think that, given the impact depression has on our lives it would be our collective responsibility to identify it in friends and family members and also among the society.
But the reality is much more cynical. While many identify depression as a serious problem, there is stark’s stigma against depression in general and even primary care physicians fail to properly address there own bias against depression and other mental health problems. The simple truth of the matter is that either consciously or subconsciously most people don’t take depression as a seriously as other chronic pain, diabetes, hypertension or heart diseases. Person with depression are less likely to get adequate care, adequate follow up or even find the care they need to begin with. A mere fraction of people approximated to have major depressive disorder seek or receive treatment and even fewer go through the treatment they receive. Depression is a severe mental illness and its treatable.
It takes courage to go to a professional about your depression, Even today while much progress have been made on educating the public about mental illness, there is still a prevailing stigma in a society thet depression is not a serious illness as other. Many symptoms presented by people with depression are character faults rather than a part of the condition.
The stigma makes it difficult to convince the many teens and adult who deal with depressive symptoms to come forward and seek help. Everyone whould be happy no matter what situation they get put through. A mental illness is very serious and needs to treated as soon as possible, or the teens may go as low as cutting anorexia or even committing suicide. We shouldn’t take for granted those who are suffering from depression or mental illness because #DEPRESSION IS NOT A JOKE, NEVER BEEN A JOKE.
So when you feel depressed make an appointment to see a doctor or mental health professional as soon as you can, if you are reluctant to seek treatment, talk to friend or loved ones, any health care professional, a faith leader or someone else you trust.
****How to help someone who is going through depression****
Be available, give suggestions if and when your friend reaches out to you and ask for your advice, Become informed, don’t avoid them, don’t force the issue or put pressure on them. Show support – tell them misconception about mental health and therapy has intensified stigma in the society. Be sensitive to timing and place – Talking to someone about mental health requires emotional sensitivity as well as physical sensitivity.
PS --- Help them but don’t try to be a professional because psychotherapy and medication will be needed.