Dealing With Depression
Depression is a mental disorder brought by excessive stress. Being depressed affects how you feel, how you think and how you connect with others. It is marked by elevated levels of sadness, loss of interest in activities and leads to detachment from the society (friends and relatives). It can also lead to emotional, psychological and physical problems hence decreasing one’s ability to function. Depression varies. It can be severe or mild.
The signs and symptoms of depression include:
- Feeling extremely sad all the time
- Increased or decreased appetite
- Lack of sleep or oversleeping
- Feelings of unworthiness
- Difficulty in making decisions, concentration and even thinking
- Getting distracted easily
- Comparing yourself to others
- Emotional breakdown
- Suicidal thoughts
Fortunately, one can overcome depression, but first the willingness must first come from you. Having a positive mindset when you are going through hardships is what will help you overcome them. Believe that all you are going through will be over, it is just a phase.
Second thing is distracting yourself. Do not lock yourself all day and night in the house. Go out and do something you enjoy, either alone or with family and friends. Also surround yourself with people full of good energy, people who will encourage you and be there for you at that tough situation. Positive vibes really help at this point.
Another thing you should do is do what you love. It can be working out, cooking, swimming, something that will give you a sense of purpose, fulfillment and enjoyment. In this age there are professionals specialized in this area. Seeking help is essential and need not be cause for stigmatization. Treatments vary, but they do go a long way towards recovery.
Life can never be a smooth path we all have ups and downs, but how we choose to deal with them is what matters. People need to understand that it is okay not to be okay. What’s not okay, is not seeking help when we are not okay.
By Michelle Kahura