The topic of Depression is heavy and serious. I also 100% believe that not only should it be a constant open discussion, but that mental health as a whole should be taught about in schools. Depression affects one in four people; it does not care how old you are, your gender, sexuality, race, or your beliefs. This week I will look at some important aspects that come up when talking about Depression.
What is Depression?
A chemical imbalance of the brain causes depression. It interferes with how you think, feel, and behave leaving you feeling hopeless and sad.
What some symptoms?
Everyone experiences depression differently and may not experience every symptom. Some that may happen are:
Continuous sadness, or empty feeling
Low to no energy
Sleeping a lot more or insomnia
Hard time remembering
Loss of interests in your hobbies
Thoughts of death, dying, or suicide
Tips for talking to someone with depression
It is at times hard for people who have mental illness to talk about what they are going through because we do not want to burden our family and friends. So, if and when the time comes and someone who suffers from depression does want to open up and talk to you here are two essential tips.
Offer support – knowing that someone cares and is here for us, really can mean so much.
Listen – do not judge what you are hearing. Just by listening and showing that you acknowledge what they are telling you can help.
Talking to your doctor
After making the appointment with your doctor, I found preparing a list of questions you want to ask along with what symptoms you have been experiencing to bring with you. The reason I made a list is that I knew I would be so nervous and anxious that I would either not say anything or forget to mention something. Remember, asking for help is a big step, do not feel weak or embarrassed. It takes strength to recognize that you need outside help. Another thing is that this is the first appointment; you will not be leaving there with a direct answer and cure. However, you will be going there with follow-ups and a plan to help you.
The above is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to topics that can be covered about depression. It is an ongoing battle that while we feel alone, are not. As I mentioned in the beginning, mental health is something that should be taught and talked about. I feel strongly about it because I suffered in silence for years, afraid to say anything. Mental health and depression were not something you talked about it for some reason it was locked away with other subjects labelled as taboo. Well, not anymore!
I care, I am here for you.
Until next time!