Depression is not simple. It’s tough to deal for a person going through it. It becomes tougher when loved ones and people around don’t seem to understand. Like every other disease, depression also takes time, patience and treatment to cure. While acceptance for other diseases is real in our country and patients as well as their family/friends are ready to cope up to fight, the same is not true for depression.
Statements like ‘why are you sad always’, ‘get over it’ and ‘you are not the only one having problems in life’, are quite common. These don’t help. They make recovery even more difficult for the one suffering.
So what can help a person who’s suffering and hurting? They need help, support and lots of love. If you see yourself, any family or friend with following symptoms, raise an alarm. Seek help, if it’s you. Encourage them to seek help, if it’s a family or friend.
Frequent feelings of sadness
It’s called “depression” because it is, depressing. Everyone has a day of occasional sadness which is mostly temporary and short-lived. However recurrent feelings of sadness, for no reasons to fathom for, are a likely indicator of depression. According to medical professionals, a chemical imbalance of certain kind, which is called neurotransmitter serotonin, in the brain, is to be blamed for this frequent sadness that often accompanies depression. If the feelings of sadness last for over at least two weeks, it is recommended to consult a counsellor.
Loss of interest
All of us have those few things that we enjoy doing. For patients who are suffering from depression, prior to the onset of disease, there are certain hobbies or activities that interested them or engaged them. Depression clouds over the person suffering. A sense of apathy starts to loom over the patient even with those activities that he/she enjoyed once. Interestingly, the patient can relate to this largely unwelcome feeling of indifference towards once-enjoyable activities.
Fluctuations in weight
Binge eating or no desire to eat at all…either of these can be a problem and is a possible symptom of depression. It is quite common for those suffering from depression to gain or lose weight substantially, which amounts to almost 5 percent of body weight almost.
Insomnia or excessive sleepiness
Like hunger, sleep also becomes an issue with those suffering from depression. Extreme sleep patterns like insomnia or excessive sleepiness become a common symptom for those suffering from depression. All these patterns of extreme sleep and eating styles are manipulated by the chemical activity in the brain, including in regions that control sleep/wake cycles. It’s quite commonly seen in patients of depression to have irregular sleep patterns. While people can try some natural remedies for taking care of their sleep issues, it is advisable to join a sleep recovery program. If sleep cycles for a depression patient are taken care off, a lot of other issues are easily addressed.
If you are feeling drained out and low and tired all the time, for now really explainable reason, it can be depression. Generally, depression patients try to sleep more to regain energy but this can be counterproductive but a lot of times it leads to oversleeping. Fatigue on its own is not something that impacts a person independently but the impact that it has on one’s emotional, cognitive, physical and social elements, is worth addressing to. Taking up counselling for addressing Fatigue would be a great idea.
Depression counteracts multiple brain chemicals; the cognitive ability of our brain is often interrupted. A lot of times, focus and concentration gets impaired, which affects the ability to think clearly. People suffering from depression are often complained about their low productivity work because of fogginess of their thought process.
The most tragic outcome of depression is suicide. By an estimate, approximately 60 percent of those with depression have suicidal thoughts. Of these, almost 15 percent take their own lives. This number is huge and needs attention. Depression has damaging psychological impact. People with suicidal ideas end up having a low level of self-esteem and an unnaturally distorted outlook on life’s prospects. If you are having suicidal thoughts or know someone who has those, seek help from a counsellor immediately.
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This blog is written by Mira (name changed) on behalf of Reboot Wellness. Mira observes and engages with people visiting Reboot Wellness.