DEPRESSION, the term itself holds a whole world of traumatic and low emotional feelings. On the exterior, it might be easy to form a vague perception of the depressive person. Outsiders perceive depression as a mental weakness, but why not try to understand it from the person who has undergone depression? It is a whole myriad of mind-boggling bad feelings and emotions that even a person with depression finds difficult to put in plain words.
Here are a few facts that you must know about depression that will help you have a clear perception of what it is and how you can deal compassionately with a depressive person:
Depression is deep-seated and those individuals cannot just snap out of it
It happens often that we tell a depressed person without having the full knowledge of what they are going through, “…been enough now! Just snap out of it!” We need to understand that depression is not something that you can willingly switch off and snap out of. Depression feels like drowning into the dark world and no one to give you a hand and pull you up. No matter how hard you try to overcome it, it keeps pulling you into the dark. It is a chronic battle that is exhausting.
Depression does not explain to you why you are feeling depressed
That is concerning! When you feel sad and low and cry your heart out without a reason, you know something is very wrong with your mental health and that is when depression says you “HELLO!” You might slip into depression after a traumatic experience in your life like losing your loved one or losing a job. But for most of the times, there isn’t a reason. And that is why depression is clinically defined as a mental illness. So next time when you meet someone of the like, try not to understand the underlying cause by questioning them ‘why’. He himself might be trying to search the ‘why’ of his condition.
Depression is more than “feeling blue”
Feeling blue simply means feeling sad and depression is anything but that. We all have our blue days, the most common being Monday blues because you know that weekend is over and you have to toil for another 5 days before the next weekend. But does that mean that you are depressed? NO! Depression is a consistent feeling of sadness, worthlessness, hopeless, anxious, and angry and these feelings sometimes elevate to an extent that you start having suicidal thoughts.
Depression takes a toll on your physical health too
Depression not just messes with your mental health but takes a toll on your physical health too. Here are some effects of depression on your physical self:
- Chronic muscle pain
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Fertility issues
- Heart disease
- Chronic Inflammation that may lead to cancer
- Gastrointestinal problem
Depression is a mental illness and there is nothing to be ashamed of. Visit a psychiatrist to treat the condition and start with a proper course of medications. Remember that depression can relapse after you abruptly stop taking medications.
These days, there are many celebrities who have opened up about their depression and the importance of getting treated for a better living. Robin Williams, Ryan Reynolds, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, Cara Delevingne, Zayn Malik, Adele, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ellen DeGeneres, Ellie Goulding, Miley Cyrus are some among the many Hollywood celebrities who have battled depression and severe anxiety.
Some prominent Bollywood celebrities too have revealed what the struggle with depression feels like. Monisha Koirala, Deepika Padukone, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Anushka Sharma, Randeep Hooda, Karan Johar are some who have come out in the open and shared stories of their successful battle with depression.
Selena Gomez has always been open about living with anxiety and depression and the importance of therapy:
“I wish more people would talk about therapy. We girls, we’re taught to be almost too resilient, to be strong and sexy and cool and laid-back, the girl who’s down. We also need to feel allowed to fall apart.”
Similarly, our very own Deepika Padukone has also had her share of depression. She has shared incidents from those dark days on the public platform to make people aware that depression is nothing abnormal or depression does not mean you have lost your mental sanity completely. She also added that as she had experienced days of depression and anxiety, she wants people to know that there is hope. Depression does not mean sitting behind closed doors but it is important to identify the early symptoms and see a medical professional.
"We need to de-stigmatize mental illness and spread awareness about mental health. I know in the current scenario we lead stressful lives, but you have to keep reminding yourself that it is important to live, love and laugh. After all, that is what life is all about."