Depression : An invisible and silent killer.
Just as an invisible virus depression is also an invisible and silent killer. Incase of a virus there are vaccines and medicines to help a person but for depression there are no such things. Depression is just like a silent killer, no one knows when it takes a toll on a person.
The cases of depression are rising day by day still no one takes it seriously. Depression among teenagers and young adults is becoming more and more common these days. Committing suicide due to extreme depression is also on rise.
What is depression?
Everyone feels down at some point in their life. People grieve over death, loss of jobs, breakups and many other possible sad situations. Everyone who is sad or grieving is not a depressed person. Sadness and grief are a part of depression when these symptoms remain persistent.
Depression is a mood disorder involving a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It is often misunderstood with the fluctuations of mood swings that some people have regularly. Depression tends to negatively impact a person’s way of thinking, feeling and acting.
How can we differentiate depression from ordinary unhappiness? Are depression and changes in mood different? These questions are often asked but no one takes these questions seriously. In many cases depression can be life threatening as people have suicidal thoughts when experiencing depression.
Depression causes people to lose interest in life and things they used to love. People suffering from depression often fail to live their lives to the fullest. There can be various reasons for why a person goes into depression. It can be unemployment, financial crisis, deaths, etc. But the most important reason which may be the biggest cause of depression is the death of dreams.
Symptoms of depression.
To know if a person is in depression one needs to closely monitor the symptoms it exhibits. Clinically depressed person feels low for days, weeks or even months. Here is a list of symptoms you can keep a watch for:
- Loss of interest in activities which once the person used to enjoy.
- Feelings of fatigue or lack of energy.
- Frequent crying
- Persistent sadness or grief.
- Difficulty in concentration.
- Change in sleeping patterns, like too much sleeping or too little sleep.
- Change in eating habits, eating too much or too little.
- Feelings of worthlessness.
- Exaggerated feeling of guilt and self-blame.
- Hopelessness about the future.
- Unnecessary thoughts such as no one loves me, no one cares for me.
- Suicidal thoughts.
- Feelings of loneliness and abandonment.
What is the treatment?
Depression is a mental illness which requires a lot of love and support from friends and families. Obviously, an extreme case of depression needs medical attention but doctors can only help when the person responds to the treatment.
Often it is seen that a depressed person loses interest in life because he/she feels abandoned and unloved. The world today is becoming too harsh and cruel. People tend to ignore the screams of a person begging to listen to them. There is no special identification of a depressed person. They all are normal human beings masking their sadness under their smiles.
We all have heard the saying, often the person who laughs more and seems very happy is the one hiding deepest pain and scars. But we don’t recognise them as everyone is busy in their own world. If someone approaches us with their problems we get irritated and sometimes even make fun of them. We humans need to be more empathetic towards others because we never know what a person is going through.
If you or anyone who you know are suffering from depression then immediately contact the mental health professionals. Talk to the counsellors about how you feel and they will guide you through the right path. Sometimes the depression is so severe that one needs to take medical help from psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and mental-therapists.
Let’s be more empathetic.
In today’s self-centred and selfish world there are many who feel abandoned. They feel lonely and sad when they have no one to share their problems with. Even if they share with somebody people often make fun of them or simply turn a deaf ear to them. It’s high time now that we realise how our actions can impact a person mentally. We all need to be empathetic now more than ever.
Having someone who will listen and is willing to help can make the difference. Sometimes it is difficult for a person to open up, try to be more attentive to such people. Encourage people to face their problems and not to give up on life.
If you are in any kind of pain, if you feel like giving up on life then take a moment to think about your families and friends. Don’t take any drastic step such as suicide to end your problems. Life is all about ups and downs, and we need to learn to face these difficulties. Death is not an option, suicide is not a solution.