Before we initiate I’d eat a humble pie, for I was unable to write for such a long time. I had exams, classes for grade 10 and all that jazz. Nevermind.
This subtle idea hit my mind a few days ago viz. about writing some stuff not really associated with the main keynote (as it seems here; depression is somewhat related to sadness.).
There are umpteen theories put forward by psychiatrists and psychologists about “what depression exactly is”. I’ve scrutinized some and will share them with all of you.
Alright, so I’ll start off by giving a fundamental theory about what depression is. There are two of them. First one is rather intuitive and the other is authentic.
- Depression is an iillness (not just a state of mind) which can hamper your whole self (in some cases), caused due to certain circumstances taking place in his/her life which cannot be handled anymore because of its severity or because the victim has lost all of their strength to administer it.
- Depression (aka major depressive disorder or clinical depression), is a brain disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.
This is a basic understanding that depression can have types. Here’s an exemplar.
Dr. Matthew: Good morning Mr. Smith!
Mr. Smith: Good morning Doctor (in a low voice).
Dr. Matthew: Hey, you look really pale. Come sit. Tell me what is it.
Mr. Smith: Lately I’m unable to concentrate like earlier. Ive lost all my interest in the work.
And Mr. Smith describes everything to the doctor as he goes on asking him.
Dr. Matthew: Oh my goodness, Mr. Smith. You are undergoing depression.
For your kindest information, THIS IS NEVER GONNA HAPPEN. No doctor is even going to tell you that you are simply experiencing depression. Different age groups, sexes, etc. determine the type of depression one is facing.
For instance, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is only observed in females. It affects several women at the start of their period. It would be useful to account that the FATHER of almost every sort of depression is “Major depression”. An example is Persistent depressive disorder. This type is observed in those people who are experiencing depression for 2 years or more. It actually includes two different conditions which are dysthymia i.e. low grade persistent depression and chronic major depression.
Symptoms for different kinds of depression are slightly variant. So I’ll call it useless to discuss them all. The common ones are as follows:
- Weight loss/gain
- Loss of interest in work
- Change in diet
- Paranoia and delusions (especially in Psychotic depression)
- Mood swings
- Thoughts of suicide
Whatever happens, you should priorly consult a doctor, always. If you’re diagnosed with earlier stages of depression he can tell you what changes you should make in your daily routine and/or prescribe you some medicines.
But if it gets serious because you deny to share your problems, it can lead to a major problem and treatments like Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) and some others would become a compulsion if you want to escape it.
Therefore we should avoid depression at first place. I know it can’t exactly be “avoided” but by not getting into all the don’ts would probably help.
Heartbreaks are one of a cause and I will discuss about it individually because it’s especial. If you accord my perspective for this, I would say if you think you’re mature enough and can handle its aftermath, only then get into a relationship. It’s not a compulsion; some people are like , ‘I’m 16 now I’m grown up, and I can take my own decisions and can handle everything.’ Most of you cannot. In fact women reach emotional maturity at 32 and men at the age of 43. This doesn’t mean that I’m telling you not to enter a relationship before this age (I said MATURE ENOUGH). But due to emotional stress, many end up depressed. So prepare yourselves before hand to avoid it.
Keep your mind stress-free. Engage yourself into a new activity. Try to think about everything optimistically. Learn to accept your flaws. If something happens let it happen. If you try to change it by any means, you’ll end up hurting yourself. And last but not the least, live life to fullest because you only got one.