The grey drizzle of horror,” as author William Styron memorably called Depression.
I am depressed! we hear that a lot, don’t we? We say that a lot, too. But do we really understand what it means?
All of us have been depressed at one point or another in our lives. And it is really just another part of life,life but what most of us fail to understand is depressive disorder.
Depressive Disorder is the version or extent of depression that actually prevents us from performing our day-to-day actions and makes it even difficult to behave normally or see anything from a positive outlook,or think clearly. It makes one’s most enjoyable tasks loathsome and difficult for them. People who depressed experience excessive guilt, feelings of worthlessness, and often thoughts of death and suicide, which can be obviously, avoided if we do few things right.
In this article, we will discuss everything that is important and least aware of, “depression”.
People have trouble accepting and understanding that mental illnesses are just as painful and affect just as much as physical illnesses. People are afraid of people with mental health disorders and have a general conception that all mental disorders sum down to madness.
The stigmas tend to manifest into ‘if you’d just advices’ like,
You’ll feel better if you’d just get out more.”, “If you just thought about someone other than yourself, you’d stop cancelling plans.”. “Just brush it off”.
Not only the onlookers but also the sufferers might be responsible for broaching misunderstandings. Sometimes, people who are well-meaning onlookers or sufferers misspeak out of anxiety or simply ignorance!
Moreover, it can be hurtful and aggravating for people with depression when others don’t comprehend or believe their lived experiences. As they say,
You can either pour water or gas on a fire.
Avoiding the urge to hurt them like they’re hurting you and instead delivering insightful words and actions calmly and assertively can best help “water” the situation.”
Genetic makeup, or heredity, is a significant risk factor for major depression and other depressive disorders. Age is also a risk factor. For instance, women are particularly at risk during young adulthood, while for men, the risk is highest in early middle age. Similarly, gender also plays a significant role in this differential risk For example, women, in comparison to men, are more likely to report a depressive disorder. Other risk factors include experiencing adverse life events and a lack of social support.
It is essential to recognise that depression is a complex condition that can manifest in a variety of ways. If you think you might be experiencing depression, it is important to seek help.
And here is the list of various forms of Depression.
Depression is characterised by unusual restlessness, worry about potential events or loss of control. It describes the presence of specific symptoms of anxiety during a depressive episode. It might lead to feelings like a loss of control.
It is a depressive disorder that has a mixed feature. It is a mood disorder that is characterised by the presence of both depressive and manic or hypomanic symptoms at the same time.
Includes severe depression, a lack of response to something that used to bring pleasure, early morning awakening, worsened mood in the morning, significant changes in appetite, and feelings of guilt, agitation, or sluggishness.
Includes the ability to be temporarily cheered by happy events, increased appetite, an excessive need for sleep, sensitivity to rejection, and a heavy feeling in the arms or legs.
This depression is accompanied by delusions or hallucinations, which may include personal inadequacy or other negative themes. Psychotic symptoms can include hearing voices seeing things that aren’t there or having false beliefs that are not based in reality.
Depression is characterised by uncontrollable and purposeless movement or fixed and inflexible posture. Catatonic depression is believed to be caused by dysfunction of the chemicals in the brain.
Depression that occurs during pregnancy or in the weeks or months following delivery (postpartum). Feelings of sadness, anxiety, exhaustion, appetite and sleep patterns characterise it.
This depression is caused by seasonal changes and reduced exposure to sunlight. The symptoms include feelings of sadness, fatigue, and social withdrawal.
Differences between depression and sadness
Certain phrases can help us identify a person when they are depressed.
Medications and psychotherapy are prescribed for most people with depression. However, many people with depression also benefit from seeing a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health professional. Many times, antidepressants are also prescribed. But they have their own disadvantages.
In some cases children teenagers and young adults even might have an increase in suicidal thoughts or behaviour while on antidepressants, especially in the first few weeks of administration. These medications can also sometimes be addictive And cause physical dependence.
So here is how you can cope up with depression
Depression is a complex and challenging mental health condition and it can have serious effects on individuals and their overall well-being. Destigmatising mental health issues and promoting open conversations can contribute to a more compassionate and informed society.
The ongoing research efforts are essential to improve our understanding of depression. Communities must work together to reduce the barriers that may prevent individuals from seeking help and to foster an environment where mental health is prioritised.
Finally, by acknowledging the severity of depression, addressing its nature, and promoting accessible and compassionate care, we can work towards a future in which people suffering from depression can find the help and resources they need to live fulfilling lives.