is it, why do people get it, what to do).
of us have heard the word "depression"
before and many think they have a vague notion of what it is but
we're still never really quite sure if a feeling we have is depression,
or if it's something else that's troubling us. For this reason,
I thought it was important to highlight it's symptoms and causes,
as well as what can make it go away.
Depression is a medical illness, just like a cold and, just as a
cold that gets worse until it evolves into the flu, sadness that
evolves into depression can be treated with medicine and with counseling.
Contrary to popular belief, we do not have to remain in pain!
are the symptoms?
Well, if it's a medical illness, it should have symptoms. What are
they? There are many symptoms to depression that include:
- change in
- change in
- low performance
- feeling 'empty'
- feeling overwhelming
- feeling fatigued
- loss in interest
in things once enjoyed
All of the above
are symptoms of depression.
There are as many causes for depression as there are people. It
can be triggered by a life changing event; good or bad, such as
a divorce, break up, death, marriage, birth of a child, etc. An
overload of stress can also lead to depression. It can also be triggered
by little things that just keep building until you feel you're in
a hole that can't be helped. Depression is individualized, which
means that there is not a set "cause" - something that causes depression
in one may not affect another at all. There is also something called
"Seasonal depression" in which a person feels normal and happy in
all months except winter. This is probably brought about by the
natural decrease in light and the lessened ability to be outside.
be treated, and, if so, how?
Yes, it can be treated. There are many ways of overcoming depression,
including medicine. Medicine helps because when you are depressed,
there is an imbalance in your body's chemicals and medicine helps
balance that back again. The number one way, though, is counseling
and talking. Other healing "tools" include
- Staying in
lighted areas: Light has been proven to even reverse the effects
- Moving even
when you don't want to When we do nothing, boredom sets in and
with boredom, we start to think about the pain, which only makes
it worse so moving, even if just to walk around the block helps.
- Keeping a
list that records every good thing that happens every day helps
remind us life isn't all bad.
involved in school activities or youth groups.
does depression last?
Well, again, this depends upon the person, but on average if the
person is not suicidal or self-harming themselves, then studies
have shown that depression usually goes away within six months,
if left untreated. However, do you really want to endure the symptoms
of depression every day for six months? Probably not which is why
asking for help is the best bet. With help, depression heals much
faster. If a person is suicidal, then if depression is left untreated,
it can really lead to suicide.
If you are
depressed, are you crazy?
No. Studies have shown that the majority of the population will
experience depression at least once in their lives. Depression comes
from life. Though a wonderful gift, life does have it's challenging,
difficult moments and because we're human, it's natural for us to
be affected by those events. Depression does not mean you're crazy:
it simply means you need a friend.
answers have given you a little more insight into depression. With
knowing that it's an illness that can, and definitely should, be
treated, I hope it will encourage you to reach out to your school
counselor, your youth minister, parent, teacher or other trusted
adult for help. You are worthy of life and you are