“In a crowd of millions, many people are still alone and pretends to be happy. Some people say, consumption of alcohol makes them feel happier and uplift their mood.”
Are these good signs of healthy life???
Take a break and think about it again. Why the person is not feeling happy even if he is surrounded by his best buddies?? Why over consumption of alcohol is needed to feel happy??
Is something else is cooking inside them which they are hiding by using all these tactics???
Well, yes, it’s the depression.
On hearing the term “depression” many of us may think that the person is unhappy or sad but it is time to realise, “No, it is something more than being unhappy and sad”.
“Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act.”
People often get confused between being unhappy and depressed and they are not able to discriminate that the anxiety or the mood swings they are facing are signs of depression.
Of course, it is not necessary that anxiety that we feel while doing some work is depression.
One should know to recognise whether a person is depressed or unhappy. According to American Psychiatric Association, there are various symptoms we can get to see in a person who is suffering from depression. These are:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
- Decreased energy or fatigue
- Moving or talking more slowly
- Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight changes
- Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
- Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment.
It is not necessary a person who is suffering from depression must have all these symptoms.
National Institute of Mental Health has studied a different form of depression:
1) Persistent depressive disorder (also called dysthymia) is a depressed mood that lasts for at least two years. A person diagnosed with the persistent depressive disorder may have episodes of major depression along with periods of less severe symptoms.
2) Postpartum depression is much more serious than the “baby blues” (relatively mild depressive and anxiety symptoms that typically clear within two weeks after delivery). The feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that accompany postpartum depression may make it difficult for these new mothers to complete daily care activities for themselves and/or for their babies.
3) Psychotic depression occurs when a person has severe depression plus some form of psychosis, such as having disturbing false fixed beliefs (delusions) or hearing or seeing upsetting things that others cannot hear or see (hallucinations).
4) Seasonal affective disorder is characterized by the onset of depression during the winter months when there is less natural sunlight. This depression generally lifts during spring and summer. Winter depression, typically accompanied by social withdrawal, increased sleep, and weight gain, predictably returns every year in seasonal affective disorder.
“Bipolar disorder” is different from depression, but it is included in this list is because someone with bipolar disorder experiences episodes of extremely low moods that meet the criteria for major depression (called “bipolar depression”).
Risk involved in depression:
Reports of National Institute of Mental Health states “there are several risks such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and Parkinson’s disease are associated with a person who is suffering from depression. These conditions are often worse when depression is present. Sometimes medications taken for these physical illnesses may cause side effects that contribute to depression.”
Is depression curable???
Yes, it is.
Depression involves brain chemistry and it is very necessary that this “Chemical locha” should be treated with proper medication.
Commercially many anti-depressants are available in the market which can help the person to overcome depression. Psychiatrists usually recommend that patients continue to take medication for six or more months after symptoms have improved. Longer-term maintenance treatment may be suggested to decrease the risk of future episodes for certain people at high risk.
Warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also says “patients of all ages taking antidepressants should be watched closely, especially during the first few weeks of treatment.”
Besides medication, there are several physcotherapies or talk therapy which helps the sufferer to overcome his illness. Meditation is one of the common psychotherapy which not only distressed you but also helps to maintain your mental health.
Above all self-help is most important. One should try to be happy in all the odds of life.
Life is a precious gift of God and it should be pampered with love and care. Instead of thinking it as purposeless one should try to make it worthy.