When someone is battling depression, there are four things that you could observe: the lack of motivation in anything, feeling drained down to do anything, lack of interest in anything, and lack of focus in anything. In short, it’s a dull, blank feeling both emotionally and mentally. After all, depression is a life sucker. Understanding depression is already a leverage to overcome it. Some people who do not experience this think that depression is for the weak. But we have to spread the word that depression is a real health condition that needs to be addressed.
When people extend advice, all doesn’t seem to be effective because no one else could understand except the person battling with depression.
Depression: Common Causes
You should know that when someone experiences clinical depression, a ‘reason’ may not be necessary. It is not anyone’s fault and it’s something that may affect anyone. But don’t worry because there are ways to stop this ‘disease’. For now, let’s talk about the common causes of depression.
Physical or emotional abuse can also result to depression. A death of a loved one can also lead to such.
Specific Health Conditions
Health conditions which do not have a cure, or at least nearly impossible to cure may lead one person to feel depressed.
Sudden Life Changes
Did you know that even positive life changes can cause depression? This has to be studied further but yes, it happens a lot.
A number of drugs can result to depression. Substance and alcohol abuse are considered culprits as well. This can be deadly if not addressed immediately.
If someone from your family suffers from depression, there is a chance that you’d get it too. This is no laughing matter and should be taken seriously.
Older people have a higher risk of depression. Thus, it is important that we make them feel loved and needed. If you are away from your parents, make sure to visit them once in a while. Or perhaps give them a call on a daily basis.
To date, there is still a need to scientifically understand what happens in the brain during a depression. One thing is certain though – few parts of the brain do not work as they should.
Did you know that women can get easily depressed compared to men? That explains the sudden shift of mood.
But the most important question is, how do you help yourself when you are feeling depressed?
Understanding Depression & Surviving It
1. Make a list of small, specific tasks to do every day
When you wake up in the morning, have your mind set on a goal to do. Make it as simple as you can such as washing dirty dishes or cleaning the toilet bowl. With a ‘to-do’ task, you are encouraged to get up on your feet and act. It would help if you cross out goals which you have achieved for that day. It will definitely lift up your spirit!
2. Declare positive things about yourself
When you are feeling depressed, never entertain negative thoughts about yourself. These will just worsen your condition. You need to believe the good things! Start by speaking out loud your best characteristics. Say it in front of the mirror every single day.
Think of the things that you have accomplished, ethical things that you have done, or the positive words a friend or family has spoken about you rather than contemplating on your failures and weaknesses.
3. Have a friend to talk to or get support from a group
Depression’s best friend is isolation. Never let that happen! Depression is an evil that would want you to feel lonely.
Talk to a trusted friend or get involved in an institution helping out people who are battling depression. Remember, you are not alone and there are millions of people who suffer from the same thing. It is best to let all issues out of your heart than keep all the burdens to yourself.
You can also try enrolling in a new class where you have the chance to meet new friends. Broaden your circle with people who have a positive perspective on life. Here are few classes, activities, or groups to choose from:
- Dance class
- Acting class
- Voice class
- Chocolate making
- Bag- making
There are so many things to choose from. If you can’t decide which, just try one and take it from there. The important thing is that you get those negative thoughts out of your mind by staying active and productive.
4. Bring in a pet if you don’t have one at home
Pets are great company at home. Though they might not be able to speak, pets are always there to listen to you. Get a cat or a dog. It really depends on your preference. Plus, pets could entertain owners big time. We have seen a lot of people owning pets trying to overcome depression. And yes, it worked! They are truly God’s gift.
5. The goal is to JUST DO IT and not exactly ‘to be happy about it’
To help yourself, don’t focus on what you feel while doing your tasks. The tendency is, you really wouldn’t feel great doing anything simply because you are depressed. So instead of thinking about the ‘feelings’, set your mind on simply accomplishing the task.
6. You are in charge of your life so don’t allow depression to take it away
Take authority over your life. Remind yourself that there is more to your life than your current situation. When you find success in understanding depression, you can formulate ways to survive and overcome it.
Even if you think that most people do not understand what you are going through, remember that there few who genuine can. There are even survivors who are willing to help you. They extend help to those who need someone to talk to.
This isn’t the end of the world. There is so much to be thankful for. At the end of the day, you will be the one to decide if you want to get up and control your life instead of the other way around.