Depression is relatively different from stress; it is more intense and lasts a longer period of time. It is more difficult to overcome depression, as it is a state of mind that convinces and has us fully believe that there is nothing ahead or no other outcome from a situation. Depression is no joke and is not always as easy to treat.
Misconception and misuse of the word “depression”
In this generation, many people of different ages are convinced that they are depressed, especially the youth and millennia’s because of the misconceptions and influence of social media. The word depression is misused and overrated among the youth over puppy love or infatuations. Yes depression among children is real but the case or situation of that child must be studied and details must be understood to claim that a child might be depressed or have a psychological condition. The most common cases where children are found to be depressed is in situations where the parents are divorced or the child is a victim of physical or mental abuse and if he/she is a witness to physical or mental abuse.
Many studies claim that people may even be unaware of their depression and that they are a victim to it. Certain signs indicate if an individual is depressed.
Common signs of depression:
- Feel sad and demotivated often
- Loss of interest in certain activities
- Loss or gain in appetite or weight.
- Feeling worthless
- Finding it difficult to make decisions, think straight and concentration levels drop
- Socializing less
However, to confirm if a person is depressed there are many tests and treatments, one of the most common no medicated treatments is, seeing a therapist and if the depression is too intense and may affect you to extremes, antidepressants are prescribed by certified therapists or doctors.
Causes of depression
- Depression may be caused by:
- Genetics and female hormones
- Physical or mental abuse
- Witness to abuse
- The stressful or political work environment
- Poor nutrition
- Loss of a loved one
- Loneliness and isolation
- Bullying and discrimination (racial, religious and gender)
- Physical health issues
How to overcome Depression
- Do things that make you happy
It’s the little things that matter. Buy that tub of ice-cream, treat yourself to a fancy dinner or some good food, go spend time with your family and loved ones, play the sport you’ve always wanted to play, go to the beach or for a drive. Simply don’t hesitate or stop yourself from doing the little things you could for self-care and self-love. Don’t forget to learn to love yourself first and put yourself first too.
- Surround yourself with positive people
Surrounding yourself with positive energy and people helps dramatically. Spend time with people who make you feel good about yourself, who encourage you to do the thing you want and desire, who motivated you to achieve your goals. Eliminate the toxic people in your life who give of negative vibes and bad energy, who make you feel like your worthless or what you don’t important or doesn’t matter.
- Keep your mind occupied
Find and involve yourself in activities that keep your mind or body busy, it could be a simple book you want to read or a word puzzle, it could even be exercising, taking part in a social event or activity, going for a walk, run or to the gym and going out with good friends or family. This will not only keep your mind off things but also help you feel good about yourself.
- Finding things to look forward to
- Dinner plans
- Plan a vacation for yourself (with your family)
- Call your friends over
- Pre-plan things for the next day
- Set a goal and start saving up for something you’ve always wanted
- Seek help from a therapist
If the depression is too crucial, decide to book an appointment and go seek professional help as suicidal thoughts may occur and in certain cases cannot be contained
- Avoid alcohol and drugs
Keep away from drugs and alcohol as it may increase the depression.
- Write down or say positive things to yourself
We often use phrases like “I will never be able to”, “I can’t do it” and “why am I so stupid”. Stop telling yourself you are worthless and start believing in yourself, realize if you won’t do it, no one else will. Start saying positive things to yourself like, “I can do it” and “anything is possible” and force yourself to believe in your capability and don’t stop working on your self-esteem.