What it’s like living with depression and anxiety
First of all, It is different from feeling sad or being in a bad mood.
In other words, unhappiness is something everyone feels at one point.
A depressed mood is a normal temporary reaction to life events such as loss of a loved one. But being sad is not the same as having depression.
Unlike a person suffering from depression may experience high levels of Anxiety together with other symptoms. For example, simple things like going to work, socializing with friends, or getting out of bed can be a struggle. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away.
Depression comes in many different forms.
Not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom. Some people experience only a few symptoms while others may experience many. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Below is a list of common signs and symptoms to look out for.
Common Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms must last at least two weeks for a diagnosis of depression.
- Tiredness and loss of energy.
- Sadness that doesn’t go away.
- Loss of self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Not being able to enjoy things that are usually pleasurable or interesting.
- Feeling anxious all the time
- Avoiding people, sometimes even your close friends
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
- Sleep pattern changes
- Strong feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Finding it hard to function at work/college/school
- Loss of appetite or a sudden increase in appetite
- Loss of sex drive
- Physical aches
- Recurring thoughts of death
What Causes Depression?
Depression is not a mood you can just get over.
It is far more common than you might think, with nearly one out of 10 adults depressed at any time, about half of them severely.
No one knows the exact cause, however, researchers estimate that almost one out of every five people in the US, will experience major depression at some point in their lifetime. There are many possible causes such as stressful life events, medical conditions, or chemical imbalance.
It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away.
Ways To Cope
- The primary medical options are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Anti-depressant medication
- Exercise not only improves your health. Endorphins (‘feel good’hormones) are released and this can raise your mood
- Breathing exercises and muscle relaxation
- Build a support network with others who may be experiencing the same things as you
- Continue to educate yourself about depression
- Set realistic goals for yourself
- Ask someone else for what you need
- Talk to a therapist
- Express yourself in writing
- Stay connected with friends and families
- Develop a healthy sleep routine
If you or someone you know is unable to cope with depression, professional help is available.
Chances are you may have experienced the disorder at some point in your life. If you are unsure, there is no harm in getting an assessment just to reassure yourself.
You don’t have to struggle through it alone. Don’t feel guilty for feeling the way you do. A mental illness/disorder is just like any other illness. Seek treatment early. Help is available and you are not alone.
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