Depression: An unrecognized medical condition in our society

Depression

Nowadays, depression has become the cause of suicide in our society. Depression is a kind of mood disorder that makes a person feel down, miserable, unhappy, unworthy, and less confident, and thus, gradually the person loses interest in life.

These feelings disturb not only our physical and mental health but also our daily activities such as sleeping, eating, working, etc. Depression is as serious as it increases the chances of chronic diseases like heart attack, stroke, diabetes, cancer, etc.

Unfortunately, in our society it is simply defined as despair. Even the depressed person himself avoids the symptoms of depression. People in our society are reluctant to accept that despair can also be a disease. Moreover, many of them dismiss the symptoms of depression as stupidity. That’s why they are not interested in treating depression.

According to the National Institute of Health, almost 60% of people with depression do not search for medical aid due to their false perception. According to WHO, over 75% of people living in middle-income or low-income get treatment barriers for depression. This rate is rising so alarmingly around the world so WHO predicts that by 2030 depression will have become the leading cause of disease burden globally.

One of the major reasons for increasing depression among today’s young generation is familial limitations. Families are getting nuclear day by day. Today’s kids do not want to go outside to play. The tradition of playing in the afternoon has been found rarely.

Moreover, they do not spend time with relatives like grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. Everyone is busy with their career. Hence life has become so miserable that when they are in a problem, they do not get anyone to listen to them.

When the accumulated pain can not be shared with anyone, slowly this pain turns into depression. It can also be triggered by stressful or distressing events in a job or at home, a relationship breakdown, childhood trauma, etc.

Depression is such a mental condition that can happen even to famous people like athletes or celebrities. They all have to go through the same emotional struggles as everyone else. It is difficult for all to live with a mental illness. So, it is necessary to treat depression as soon as the symptoms of depression are pointed out.

The American Psychiatric Association finds 9 symptoms of depression. These are:

# Constant feelings of sadness, worthlessness, hopelessness, and emptiness.
# Lower interest in activities once loved
# Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain irrelevant to dieting
# Trouble sleeping or oversleeping
# Low energy or fatigue
# Increases meaningless physical activity like inability to sit still, pacing, handwriting, or slowed movements or speech.
# Feeling irritability, or pessimism.
# Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions
# Thoughts of self-harm.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, if the symptoms of depression last at least two weeks, it will be assumed that a person is suffering from it.

To overcome this, self-help is important. If you are determined to get rid of depression, there is a lot to do on your own to fight back. Some of the most effective ways are given below:

Get a new routine:

When you are depressed, the first thing you can do is to get yourself out of your regular boring life. Make a change and get into a new routine. Install some new habits. Make a healthy routine. Having a structured healthy routine makes your life well-organized and brings satisfaction. This will help to increase dopamine levels and reduce depressive symptoms.

Get enough sleep

Sleep plays a vital role in both our physical and mental health. Getting enough sleep means maintaining a regular sleeping schedule. It improves overall energy levels which can reduce depressive symptoms.

Eat a balanced diet

An unhealthy food habit is enough to drain your energy level, and make you feel sick and depressed. So, you have to maintain a healthy balanced diet to keep your body and mind fit and energetic.

Exercise

It is challenging for a depressed person to get into regular exercise. One can start with some small and enjoyable exercises such as walking for half an hour every morning in the fresh air or doing a Zumba dance for 20 minutes every day. Even a day of mild exercise can make you feel fit, fresh, and less depressed.

Think positive

Whenever a negative thought comes into your mind, try to avoid that thought. You can change that negative thought into a positive one. For example, if your mind says, “No one likes you. You are worthless”, take a deep breath and think about the persons who truly love you, care for you, and depend on you. This will help you to bring your self-confidence back and reduce the feelings of being unworthy.

Do something new

If you are depressed, engage yourself in creative activities like starting a new hobby, getting into a new habit, or learning new skills. Creative activities can boost your mood, relieve stress, raise your self-esteem, and increase your concentration power. It can also promote your mental health development.

Connect with loved ones

A depressed person always tries to isolate himself from loved ones. It increases depressive symptoms. Instead of isolating yourself, you should connect with your close ones. It may help you feel less lonely, remind you that you are loved and cared for, and make you feel more uplifted. When you share your pain and mental dilemmas with them, they may help you to get rid of that.

Starting a self-help action, during the depression, may seem difficult. But even a small step each day towards a healthier life can have an important effect on the reduction of depression. It always takes time to heal from depression.

Be kind, compassionate, and patient to yourself. At the same time, all the people in society need to be taught how to deal with depression. When we learn to overcome depression, rather than avoid it, we learn to heal and grow.

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