Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease your ability to function at work and at home.
To me, depression is the constant feeling of being numb. Being numb to emotions, being numb to life, and being numb to your senses. It’s about waking up in the morning and wanting to go straight back to bed. Depression is as if you have come to a point in your life where you no longer want to see what is in front of you because the past is where you want to spend the majority of your time. That is depression to me. So, what is depression to you?
Depression is a medical condition in which a person feels very sad and anxious. It is not only a state of being sad, but also a disease that overcomes the capability to feel good or bad. This condition can be passed down through genes or due to certain depressive events occurring in life. Chemical imbalance occurs in the brain. Compared to men, women are more likely to undergo depression. However, depressed men are more likely to commit suicide compared to women because men are expected to control their emotions due to their social roles. They cannot openly express their depressive feelings in society.
Systemic depression is a low level of depression that lasts for couple of years. Another type of depression is bipolar/manic depression. This type of depression has different symptoms like having both very high and very low mood fluctuations. One day a person may be extremely happy and the next day he may be severely depress.
Although all age groups are open to depression, teenagers are commonly affected by it. This is probably because of the pressure from the peer group. One great risk for becoming depressed is smoking. Scientists believe that smoking may be linked to depression. Tobacco smoke kills enzymes that are responsible to breakdown a nerve cell chemical that activates self-satisfaction behaviour.
Here are five things you can do to feel better. They may seem simple, but they can help a lot.
1️⃣Exercise. Take a 15- to 30-minute brisk walk every day. Or you can dance, stretch, or do yoga. People who are depressed may not feel much like being active. But get yourself to do it anyway. If you need a push, ask a friend to do it with you. Getting any activity started helps boost your mood. Keep it going.
2️⃣Eat healthy foods. Some people with depression don’t feel much like eating. Some may overeat. But what you eat can affect your mood and energy. So with depression, you need to be sure to eat right. For most people, that means plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Limit simple carbs and foods with added sugar. Don’t go for too long without eating. Even if you don’t feel hungry, eat something light and healthy.
3️⃣Don’t dwell on problems. It can feel good to talk through a problem with a caring friend. But depression can lead people to complain, blame, and rehash problems too much. It can keep you focused on what’s wrong.It’s OK to air your thoughts and feelings with people who care. But don’t let problems be all you talk about. Talk about good things too. This can help your mood become more positive.Express yourself. With depression
4️⃣Express yourself. With depression, your creativity and sense of fun may seem blocked. But it can help to do things that get your creative juices flowing. Paint, draw, or doodle. Sew, cook, or bake. Write, dance, or compose music. Chat with a friend or play with a pet. Find something to laugh about. Watch a funny movie. Do things you can enjoy. Even a little. That helps turn depression around
5️⃣Notice good things. Depression affects a person’s view of things. Things can seem dismal, negative, and hopeless. To shift your view, make it a goal to notice 3 good things in every day. The more you notice what’s good, the more good you will notice.
Most of all, if you’re going through depression, show yourself some compassion and kindness. When you’re going through a hard time, it helps to know you’re not alone. Be patient with yourself. Depression takes time to heal