Oh yes, Depression is a vulture that will make anyone its prey. A heartless monster that destroys both the heart and soul, and tortures without mercy, consuming its victim whole. Depression is not just about spending a few days feeling sad or unhappy; it is more than just a bad mood. Depression can make you feel persistently sad and down for weeks or months or couple of years at a time.
Hence, depression is a serious mental illness that negatively affects our physical health as well as our mental health. It is so common that it affects individuals differently irrespective of their gender, and age. Apparently, most people have no specific reason for their depression and they suffer greatly from it. Although, some certain factors can cause depression such as;
*Death or loss of a beloved family member, or close friend.
*Physically or emotionally abused.
*Genetic features such as family history of depression and mood disorder.
*Misuse of drugs or alcohol.
*Economic and marital problems (getting a divorce).
*Social isolation due to other mental illnesses or being cast out of a family or peer group.
Symptoms of Depression that are expressed by individuals are;
Insomnia, anger, loss of interest, pains, aggressiveness, inability to concentrate, loss of appetite, migraine, weight loss, loss of energy, headache, incompetent feelings, drug abuse, excessive intake of alcohol, suicidal thoughts, slow speech and slow movement, feeling of guilt, restlessness.
Treatment of Depression
In as much as depression being an opposition to our well being, it can be dealt with and overcome.
1. Embrace exercise or work out. Hit the gym, Exercise has been proven to stimulate the growth of new brain cells. It is highly effective in the treatment of depression because it tends to stimulate the production of neurotransmitters which are responsible for feelings of happiness and pleasure.
2. Get a good 8 hours quality sleep at night. A good sleep is essential for our health, it boosts brain function, and ensures the proper function of our immune system, and it improves your mood, and energizes us.
3. Engage yourself in social activities, hang out with friends, colleagues, or family helps to prevent you from being isolated when depressed, Spend time with people who see the world in a positive way. Most positive people will be more than happy to reveal the things that help them keep upbeat and happy about their lives and it tend to reduce stress and improve health and well being.
4. Eat healthily, a balanced diet to be precised. Eat more fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water. Healthy foods are effective at improving mood.
5. Never give room to negative thoughts. Replace every negative and unhappy thought with memories of happier times and positive vibes. Obviously, you are always in control of what goes through your mind. Make the choice to prefer the positive, happier memories over the unhappy thoughts. Always learn to find the good in your life, because a positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.
6. Avoid the excessive intake of alcohol and drugs; it might cause negative feelings to grow worse. It is a risk factor depression.
Indeed, depression is never a weakness but a serious mental illness and the inability to construct a future. Moreover, it is so annoying that when people do not know what depression is, they become so judgemental. It is quite unfortunate that a lot of persons would only think that depression is crying, sadness, or dressing in black. This is totally wrong, and unwelcoming. We don’t need to make a judgement, but we need to be fully aware that those who suffer through this pain just need the world to care.