October addition about depression
Depression is a common illness that affects many people throughout the world, it doesn’t choose its victim hence we have to be kind to each other at all times. However not all is lost because there is a number of treatments available for depression and it can be successfully treated in the majority of people.
What is Depression?
Depression is an illness that can seriously impair all aspects of a person’s life, including personal relationships, performances at work and enjoyment of leisure activities
We are all not the same and at times our symptoms won’t be the same here are some of the commonly seen symptoms of depression.
- Changes in weight
- Feelings of guilt
- Feelings of helplessness
- Inability to concentrate
- Reduced appetite
- Loss of interest in personal appearance
- Loss of interest in favorite activities
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Difficulty getting up in the morning
- Difficulty in sleeping
Myths and misconceptions about depression
- One needs to understand that depression has a significant effect on our everyday life it is not just feeling “a bit down”
- Depression is definitely not a sign of weakness it is caused by an imbalance of special chemical substances in the brain hence some get medicated
- Depression is not a “punishment” because you are a bad person anyone can be affected by it.
- Depression is not something to feel guilty about just remember that it is not your fault nor is it my fault it happened.
- Depression is not something that one needs to snap out off, you need to get a specific treatment.
Ways of treating depressions
It has been recommended that an effective treatment of depression usually requires a combination of medication and counselling or psychotherapy as a depression patient myself this combination is the best ever I always use a statement that Dr Anita who is an American psychiatrist normally uses which says “prayer is my weapon and therapy is my strategy.” One can never leave prayer out of anything.
The stigma of depression
Although awareness of the problem of depression has improved but the stigma attached to it unfortunately remains.
Society needs to be better informed about depression, the symptoms, signs and serious consequences of untreated depression.
Self-help and patient support groups
At times it can be reassuring to know that you are not alone and the only way you can be certain is being part of a support group.
Go to your local clinic to get more information about depression treatment and other self-help tools one can use.
Tips on how you to keep mentally fit:
- Eat well
- Get plenty of sleep
- Get plenty of sunlight
- Do something that you enjoy
- Connect with others and be sociable
ITS OK NOT TO BE OK!!!
My Brilliant Mind