In the journey called life, we travel through different paths. Some are pleasurable, while some are sorrowful. While being sad and upset is a part of life, for some people, it’s an intense feeling that stays for a considerably long time. If it is not a regular mood swing or a momentary down feel. It can very well be depression, a mood disorder that can present long-lasting symptoms like lack of interest, sadness, lethargy, etc. This mental condition can take a toll on your physical health as well.
There are many types of depression which are as follows –
- Persistent Depressive Disorder
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Postpartum Depression
- Seasonal Depression
- Psychotic Depression
What do the statistics say?
A study conducted and reported by the National Care of Medical Health (NCMH) and World Health Organization (WHO), respectively, shows that approx. 6.5% of the Indian population suffers from some mental disorder, regardless of rural or urban demographics. It makes India top the list of the most depressed country in the world, says the WHO.
Depression – The Symptoms
If you are looking for ways to overcome depression, you need to understand what depression looks like –
The thing with depression is, your symptoms are not consistent. Sometimes, you become quite, while sometimes, you burst your heart out crying and yelling. One of the most important things – even the happiest person you know who motivates you when you are down, might be breaking from deep within. This is one of the many reasons why this mood disorder goes unnoticed until the person suffering from it breaks down. Here are some of the common signs of depression that no one should ignore –
You develop a pessimistic and hopeless outlook about life.
● You feel down, and nothing cheers you up.
● Either you don’t want to eat or tend to overeat.
● Either you oversleep or suffer from sleeplessness.
● You feel guilty.
● You don’t like yourself.
● You become suicidal.
● You don’t feel like going out and enjoying the things you loved doing once.
● You get tired without doing anything.
● You get irritated now and then and feel restless as if something is killing you.
● You find it difficult to concentrate and remember things.
● Your immunity decreases.
How depression affects your daily life?
As you can understand from the symptoms of depression discussed above, it not only affects your eating, sleeping, or working patterns, it influences everything related to you, such as your health, relationships, professional life, and also the people around you.
There are many cases, where it has been seen that people suffering from depression, fall prey to many comorbid conditions, like addiction to drugs, alcoholism, etc. Plus, they also tend to develop a negative approach to almost everything they come across in life.
How to overcome depression – some powerful tips!
Be yourself, love yourself
When suffering from depression, each day will give you a different feeling. Deal with it, don’t recoil within.
Don’t get stuck
Although suppressing what you feel might feel like a great strategy to overcome depression, it is not healthy. If you are feeling down, that’s fine, feel it, but don’t get carried away with it. Try writing or talking about it, instead.
There is always a tomorrow
Accept it. Some days will be hard. But that’s not the end of the world. Every day brings new hopes and opportunities. Start again tomorrow, all new and fresh.
Focus on the good
Depression can push you towards negativity. Oppose it! Push yourself to focus on the good instead. Positivity is more potent than negativity, after all.
Do something you love
Doing what you love is a good idea to fight the depressing thoughts. Listen to music, dance, cook, swim, read. Do whatever makes you feel alright.
Seek professional help
Are you or anyone you know is feeling down for more than a couple of weeks, sometimes for apparently no reason? Are you showing signs of withdrawal from everyone and everything? If yes, then you need to talk to a professional.
Depression is not the end of the world
No matter what, we need to break the shell we’ve made around us and talk about this mood disorder. It is probably the only way to beat depression.