Depression is a mental health disorder that many people know but may not quite understand. In today’s society many people are falling into depression not willingly but the pressures of life are pushing us into it.
Say today how many of your friends can you call & tell them what you actually are going through at that moment,say for men how many of you can call a friend and tell them “I am stressed because my ‘mama’ cheated on me” this and that or say ” I am pissed because my girlfriend is demanding too much from me and I can’t keep up and it’s stressing me ” or how many can call and tell a friend “my husband is abusing me emotionally and it’s eating me up” and on telling them this they actually care,from where I stand a few will genuinely give a damn and hence the more we suffer in silence cause you think to yourself no one actually cares and hence depression.
Alot of us are just wannabes out here chasing perfection which ain’t there,living lives that ain’t truly ours and it’s sad really really sad. So say today I fall off the radar,who will realize ? Do I have friends who will reach out ? Or it’s just my immediate family who will notice ? for most people no one will. If you are going through a tough time & you feel so down just know that there is a better day coming , anticipate it. Depression is characterized by sadness,loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low selfworth,disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness & poor concentration. At it’s worst it can lead to suicide.
Positive principles & effective treatments can make a difference for people dealing with depression. Much as people desire to have a better living standard but that doesn’t ensure happiness, truth is money is not a solution to disappointment,discouragement & despair. Women are more likely to suffer depression triggered by events such as,loss of a partner through death, divorce or separation.The cause of depression is not the same for everyone it does vary from person to person. Others could be a genetic problem that affects the balance of chemicals ( neurotransmitters in the brain). A stressful life event like death of a loved one,losing a job, divorce or some equally tragic event.Whatever the cause depression is dangerous and one needs to seek help.
As a result of Depression many people live in the dark shadow of sadness, gloom & hopelessness and often struggle with feelings of inadequacy,hopelessness and unfulfillment.Hormonal fluctuations of the reproductive years in women causes them to go through depression. Inequality with men in social status in most cultures exposes them to depression through the pressures of reproduction, regulation of the size of family. Oral contraceptives may carry a potential for depression due to its hormonal component that may play a cyclical role or during postpartum state after childbirth & hence postpartum depression. This occurs due to the weight of new responsibilities, sudden drop and rise in hormonal changes following childbirth, new mom’s need serious and compassionate Care.
Postpartum depression has signs that includes, persistent tiredness,loss of energy,loss of concentration, indecisiveness, feelings of guilt & low selfworth that often persists for weeks & even months at a time, difficulty in sleeping or sleeping more than normal or waking up early. Some women may not realize it until way later.Persons suffering from depression tend to lose interest in daily activities & may struggle with recurring thoughts of death & suicide.
Changes in body weight due to changes in eating patterns. In severe cases individuals with depression lose interest in eating & no longer find pleasure in any of life’s activities & social relationships.Society and everyone needs to recognize that the major depressive disorders are as much a disease as the more physical ones like diabetes & hence comments such as ” pull yourself together”, or ” get a grip” to a depressed person reflects the lack of knowledge on depression or just generally sadly ignorance of the one making such comments cause it causes further pain,heartache & worsening of the condition.
Next we talk about Treatment in Part 2
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