Published in Thought Catalog. Here’s the link to the article: These Are The Parts Of Depression We Don’t Talk About Enough.
To all the beautiful people out there,
I am going to touch upon a topic that is often neglected. This widespread yet underrated phenomenon is called as depression. Yes, people rarely speak about it, for the fear of being judged. But let me tell you one thing. You are not alone in this world. There are N numbers of people suffering from depression. They don’t speak about it, they don’t go for medication, and they don’t care about it, which eventually makes them have suicidal thoughts. If you open up about it, you can save lives. You can either save yourself or someone around you.
Depression is not something to be kept under wraps
If you think you suffer from depression, speak about it to someone you trust. Someone who wouldn’t be judgmental about you. Someone who would consider this as a serious mental illness. If you find someone suffering from depression, turn as the source of comfort for them. Give them medication. Cure them as soon as possible. Because, depression is not just another phase, like most people tell you. It’s not a phase of sadness that can be overcome by pretending to be happy and surrounding yourself with positivity.
Depression is a DISEASE
Never ever consider that it’s a passing phase of your life. It’s a curable yet a lethal disease that can cost your life, if not cured at the right time. And also, don’t associate depression with sadness. Of course, people with depression feel sad most of the time. But there’s another dimension to it. Even a perfectly happy person can have depression. Even if you have jubilant things going on around you, you can suffer from depression. Hence, it doesn’t have anything to do with your emotional state. It’s a goddamn disease that affects your mind and changes the course of your life. The most apt meaning of depression is major depressive disorder. The phrase itself screams that it is a disorder. And that’s why you have different types of depression – clinical depression, postpartum depression, seasonal depression, psychotic depression and atypical depression. Everything has a remedy of its own.
The difference between depression and feeling depressed
Feeling depressed is different from having depression. You can feel depressed, if a loved one passes away or if you fail in your exams or if you have a bad day at work. These feelings of dejection can be overcome by surrounding yourself with positive people, taking a trip or vacation, taking up a new hobby, listening to good music, and feeling good about yourself. But, depression cultivates in your mind over time. It’s not a blink-and-miss stage where you can be comforted with tubs of ice-cream and melody songs. It creeps in slowly, stays as long as it can make you feel utterly miserable, and takes away your life when everything seems to be normal.
The causes and signs of depression
There’s no specific cause for depression. Anything can trigger it. It might be an underlying childhood trauma or constant bullying or witnessing something gruesome. Depression multiplies over time even without you noticing it. So, how can you find if a person is suffering from depression?
- Social detachment
- Excessive weight loss or weight gain
- Constant fatigue
- Mood swings
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Excessive sleeping or insomnia
- Suicidal thoughts
- Losing interest in things that they liked
- Slowing down of activities
- Losing concentration
The sure-shot remedy
If you find the above mentioned symptoms in you, immediately consult a psychologist or psychiatrist. A psychiatrist can guide you and prescribe medicines or drugs according to the type of depression. A psychologist will counsel you and recommend natural treatments for depression. These treatments include changes in your diet, meditation, and taking in mood-enhancing supplements.
Always remember, you can definitely cure depression, but only if you talk about it. The first step that you must take towards curing depression is to find someone whom you can trust. If you don’t find anyone to talk to, seek medical help directly.
I am no doctor. But if you want to talk about your depression, I am always there for you. You can either email me (email@example.com) or ping me on my social media profiles (just type Kavya Janani and you can find me easily).
Fight it out and face your beautiful life again. 🙂