Get the tissues, ready guys, because we are about to head down the rabbit hole into sad town. I want to cover this topic today because it is an issue I, myself have been battling recently. So before I get really emotional and sad I think I should begin by telling you what depression is.
What is Depression?
A huge thanks to MentalHealth.org for providing me with the information I need for this article.
Depression is not what you think it is. It is so easy nowadays when we are having a bad day or bad week to say “oh I’m depressed” There are times in our lives where we will experience unhappiness. A person suffering from depression will experience intense emotions of anxiety, hopelessness, negativity and helplessness, and the feelings stay with them instead of going away.
Who does it affect?
Depression can happen to anyone, It does not bias against anyone, race religion age, gender, none of that matters to depression.
Your favorite celebrities have probably experienced it. Robin Williams our beloved Genie and Good Will Hunting star was the last person I would have expected to suffer from depression, and in the end it killed him. It killed one of my favorite youtube stars Daniel Kyre of Cyndago. Again not a person you would expect to suffer from Depression but again it was there, so maybe it’s time we stopped thinking and saying oh they’re not depressed they don’t look it. People wear masks to hide their true selves to protect the ones they love.
I am have been feeling low a lot recently am I depressed?
Maybe, the list below is not a defintive list of symptoms, but it does cover the main areas which someone with depression goes through.
- Tiredness and loss of energy.
- Sadness that doesn’t go away.
- Loss of self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Not being able to enjoy things that are usually pleasurable or interesting.
- Feeling anxious all the time.
- Avoiding other people, sometimes even your close friends.
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
- Sleeping problems – difficulties in getting off to sleep or waking up much earlier than usual.
- Very strong feelings of guilt or worthlessness.
- Finding it hard to function at work/college/school.
- Loss of appetite.
- Loss of sex drive and/or sexual problems.
- Physical aches and pains.
- Thinking about suicide and death.
If you experience four or more of these symptoms most of the day everyday for more than two weeks, talking to your GP may be worthwhile.
Why do we get depressed?
Depression can occur at any time. It could be a result of physical illness, experiences dating back to childhood, unemployment, bereavement, family problems or other life-changing events. Sometimes there is no obvious reason why someone is depressed, but identifying the triggers is an important step in recovery.
Forms and types of depression.
There are many different types of depression