COULD YOU BE DEPRESSED AND NOT KNOW IT?
By: Michelle Harripersadth
There may come a time in an individual’s life where they become withdrawn from society. It could be due to work or their personal life, but as time goes by it gets worse.
Many people assume that depression is easily identifiable but it is often overlooked. It can slowly take hold of your life and gradually manifest itself without a person realising that depressive thoughts and feelings are increasing.
As subtle and confusing as signs of depression may be, it is important to remember that it is a serious illness that can cramp lives, cast a shadow over families and even lead to suicide. It is an illness that can be cured. But without acknowledging it and identifying the symptoms, it can often be mistaken for a sad feeling or passing emotion.
Depression is an illness that knows no age or gender. Experts say that depression is caused by an interaction of genetic factors and real life triggers. Depression often runs in families and is often due to genetic factors that make some people more vulnerable to it than others because of their individual brain chemistry.
The different factors may include a romantic break up, job loss or the death of a loved one. These major life challenges can affect a person’s mentality. Other contributing factors may include poverty, unemployment and social isolation as well as childhood traumas.
Symptoms of depression
Changes in weight, sleep or appetite. These signs of depression can be confusing because depending on the individual, they can take different forms. Some people who are depressed want to sleep all the time while others may experience insomnia.
Physical symptoms of depression are symptoms that do not go away easily like fatigue, headaches, back aches, digestive disorders, chronic pain, or menstrual problems. Anxiety, agitation, irritability, forgetfullness, difficulty concentrating and low sex drive are other contributing symptoms.
What can you do to deal with depression?
The first step of dealing with depression is to admit that you have a problem and to seek medical assistance. If you do not feel comfortable talking to a family member or friend, you are advised to make an appointment with a psychiatrist and talk it out with him/her.
In many cases people run away from their problems and do not wish to deal with them head first but talking to an outsider may be a step in the right direction. There are other solutions like medication and treatment; however these solutions are often the result of a psychiatrist’s evaluation of the severity of depression.
There are multiple things that you can do as an individual that can assist you in dealing with depression:
– Change of diet and exercising
– Find a hobby- this -is the most common and effective way of dealing with depression because you are keeping busy and do not think too much.
-Identify the issue that is making you sad but do not dwell on it for long.
– Confide in someone, it can be your best friend, family member or pastor. It helps to talk.
– A positive attitude. Only you can make a difference in your life. Look at the glass as half full rather than half empty. A change of attitude could do you the world of good.
Depression is an illness that manifests itself and often separates a person from reality. It is essential for an individual to talk about their problems and thoughts so that they do not feel alone and isolated. No problem can have a temporary solution nor can it be unbearable. There is always someone around to lend a helping hand in combating depression and bringing awareness to an illness that is often overlooked.
There are over seven billion people in the world, therefore there is no need to feel alone or isolated because someone does care.