What Is Depression?
Depression is a common mental illness that can be caused by various factors such as genetics, environment and life events.
Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the world and it affects people of all ages. It has been estimated that over 300 million people are living with depression around the world.
By 2030, depression will be the leading cause of disability worldwide. It is is not a personal weakness or character flaw; it’s a real illness with real symptoms and treatment options.
There are many different types of depression but all share some common symptoms such as sadness or emptiness, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, changes in sleep patterns (insomnia or hypersomnia), changes in weight or appetite (loss or gain), fatigue/loss of energy, difficulty concentrating/difficulty making decisions and suicidal thoughts. Depression is also common in people with other mental health conditions like anxiety or bipolar disorder.
The Basic Signs Or Symptoms Of Having Depression Are:
- Feeling sad or down for more than two weeks.
- Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy.
- Sleeping too much or not being able to sleep.
- Feeling tired all the time, even after sleeping well.
- Irritability and anger.
- Feeling hopeless or worthless.
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, making decisions and focusing on tasks.
There Are Many Different Ways To Fight Depression, But It Is Important To Know What Works Best For You. Here Are Some Steps You Can Take:
- Read up on the latest research on depression.
- Talk to your doctor or therapist about your symptoms.
- Join a support group or online forum.
- Get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise regularly.
- Practice mindfulness.
- Make changes in your lifestyle and environment so that it doesn’t happen again.
Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness yet become something beautiful again.