Depression affects an estimated one every fifteen adults, in any given year. One of every person will at least experience depression once in their lifetime. It usually appears during late teens the to mid-20s, although it can also appear at any moment in someone’s life.
Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively reflect what you feel, how you feel, the way you think and who you are. Depression causes a feeling of sadness and the loss of interest in activities or hobbies that you enjoyed doing. It is highly treatable. Prolonged depression can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problem and can decrease a person’s ability to function at home and at work.
Depression ranges from mild to severe. Depressions symptoms include:
- Loss of energy or fatigue
- Increase in purposeless pacing, or hand wringing, or slowed movement of speech and movements. This can be detected by others.
- Feeling worthless or guilty.
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Feeling overwhelming sadness.
- Difficulty in thinking or making decisions.
- Inability to concentrate.
The symptoms mentioned above have to at least last for two weeks before someone can be diagnosed with having depression.
Depression is often mistaken as sadness or grief. The idea is completely different from each other. Grief often comes from the feeling of losing a loved one or losing a job or a relationship that exist previously in our life.
Being sad is different from being depressed. The grieving process is a mechanism that is natural, and unique to each individual. Although they share the same symptoms as depression. Both will cause you to withdraw from activities, people whom you used to spend a lot of time with.
In depression, the mood or feeling decreased for almost two weeks constantly and consistently, meanwhile, in sadness, the feeling of sadness comes and goes. Sadness provides us with essential space for self-reflection, and greater empathy as well as compassion. It may also compel us to recognize difficult truths.
In depression, the feeling of self-esteem is usually not attained. Instead, that individual would have felt extreme self-loathing or worthlessness unlike in sadness.
Cause of your depression:
Rather than viewing depression as a monster, you have to be able to brace yourself and identify the cause of your depression. The easiest way to know what triggers your depression is by asking yourselves what causes you depression on that particular day.
There is a common list that triggers depression such as:
1. Unresolved conflict
Unaddressed conflict causes chronic psychological stress and is fundamental to many forms of depression.
2. Repetition compulsion
In order to be able to identify your trigger, you have to look at a common theme in your depression and find one that repeats itself. The most common triggers are your own thoughts of being an outsider, or not being able to trust anyone and other negative thoughts that dwells inside of you.
Without being able to track it, the patient often trapped in a cycle and keeps on repeating the same problem again and again.