Depression is more than just a mood swing or a bad day. It is a very serious mental condition that can impact a persons daily life.
Mental health awareness and improvement is something people are more reluctant to talk about mainly because of the stigma surrounding any kind of mental condition in our society. But it’s HIGH time we break that stigma.
Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
It is one of the most common mental diseases and at it’s worse depression can lead to suicide/death.
“Mental health had never been talked about with me and I had no idea what was happening to me” said Iqra Shahid, 17. Iqra* had been diagnosed with clinic depression since she was only fifteen & since then it had only become harder for her to control. “All i could think of was death, to kill myself. It felt like the only thing that could end my pain was taking my own life.”
Iqra was one of the lucky few who managed to get help. But there are millions of people around the world who can’t even get an official diagnosis
solely because depression is not even seen as a serious medical condition by many.
It is very important, however, to distinguish between Grief or being Sad and Depression. These are two very separate things.
The death of a loved one, loss of a job or the ending of a relationship are difficult experiences for a person to endure. In the aftermath of such, it is normal to feel sadness or grief as a response to such circumstances.
Grief is short-lived. It does go away one day. But depression is a lingering feeling that never ceases to subside.
Depression brews self-doubt, low self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness & overall a sense of emptiness. Although, the grieving process is natural and unique to each individual and shares some of the same features of depression, both grief and depression may involve intense sadness and withdrawal from usual activities. But being sad is not the same as having depression.
5 Signs that can hep you identity if you are suffering from depression:
- Being anxious or having trouble focusing.
- Being angry and acting out or losing your temper for no apparent reason.
- Constant feelings of worthlessness.
- Not wanting to be social or go out & meet other people.
- Having Changes in appetite (eating more or less than usual).
If you can relate to 3 or more of the above signs, chances are you might be suffering from depression. Consulting a specialist is SUPER important to get
yourself to the first step of feeling better. Trust me, it matters.
Talk to people who are close to you or those who you trust.
Explaining your situation to people who can understand you is very helpful & can get you the help that you need.
Breaking the silence over mental conditions is essential to help more & more people on a larger scale. So #LetsSpeak and end this taboo placed on not talking enough about these issues!
*Names have been changed to protect privacy.