Depression is not a Disease But a State of Mind

Do you ever feel that you are falling in a deep, black space? A space with no land? Do you ever feel a constant knocking on the inside of your head but cannot find a door? Has directionless overthinking become a part of your daily routine now?

If yes, then it is time you give a serious thought to this “overthinking”. This feeling of emptiness refuses to leave, doesn’t it? Maybe, it is not “just a phase”. Maybe, it wouldn’t go that easy. Maybe, trying to ignore things and being optimistic won’t really help. Maybe, it is depression.

Depression is a mental illness. It is this constant feeling of sinking down, your senses feel low and unconfident. The fact that all of us feel this way in all walks of our life is true. But when the dejection is constant and it begins to interrupt your work life or your personal life, it is depression. The phenomenon is medically termed as “Clinical Depression” and it starts when your mind is under severe stress. Your body reacts in ways it never reacted before. Both, minor and major changes in a person’s life can cause stress to them which might eventually transform into depression. Death of a loved one, loss of job, a tragic end of a relationship that really mattered and similar incidents can have a great impact on the mental health of a person. Events like a new job or a new city or even marriage can bring stress. The worst thing about depression is that it happens to a majority of people and maybe that is the best thing about it.

“You’re not alone into this.”

As a result, there is no need to hide away your mental sickness or feel ashamed about it. Malaria or Dengue need treatment and medication and so does Depression. It is often difficult for people to segregate depression and sadness. Let us understand the symptoms of depression.

Symptoms Of Depression:

  • A constant or recurring feeling of emptiness.
  • An all time depressed mood.
  • A guilty feeling.
  • Finding it really difficult to get out of bed (exceptions).
  • Low concentration power.
  • Feeling lost and restless.
  • Losing hope.
  • Feeling suicidal.

It should be understood that the last symptom is a string indication of your condition. Talk to your family members, friends or close associates about what you feel. Sometimes, sharing can help you lose some stress. NEVER think of killing yourself. As mentioned above, you’re not the only one. You have to not lose hope and be optimistic despite the difficulty you’re facing.

Moving on to treatment, let us discuss some ways that can control depression. Depression is a condition that may not be treated fully, but can be reduced significantly at an individual level.

  • Don’t be too hard on yourself: Expecting way too much from yourself can only bring disappointment and add fuel to the fire. Since your mind is not in one piece, you wouldn’t be able to fulfil your tasks and that is totally fine. Make small sections of your task and finish them individually. Before moving on to the next section, take a short break and then begin. In this manner, you’ll finish your task gradually and stay motivated at the same time.
  • The “good” shall not come easy: This means that although you are trying to keep yourself motivated and staying busy, your mood might not change right away. You might still feel depressed and low. Again, be patient with yourself. Don’t be too hard on your mind. Stay calm and just don’t give up. Not giving up is the only mantra that will keep you going even during depression.
  • Investigate your mood: A lot of people detected with clinical depression say that they feel low mainly during the day time while others say that their nights are marked with a feeling of emptiness. What is your pattern? Check whether there is a specific pattern in your behaviour or not. Once known, assign a couple of activities to that part of the day. This will keep you busy and wouldn’t let you feel upset or low or empty.

Depression is an illness and requires attention. Protect yourself and your loved ones and advise them accordingly.

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