Depression is a disease that is absolutely unpredictable but its consequences can be extremely dangerous, which is why it comes with an associated stigma in society. No one knows how to deal with it, address it, or even express it- since there is a lack of dialogue about a disease that claims many lives every year across the globe, so much so that it has become the second leading cause for the death of Indian youth.
Depression is a mental health issue, and it has several types. While some of these types last for only specific periods of time or are triggered by specific events, there are others which are much more subtle and harder to spot. Depression may be associated with other mental illnesses or occur on its own which may make it even more difficult to treat.
While the strength and intensity of the disease are hard to comprehend, it can impact a person in such multifold ways that they may lose all vibrancy and liveliness and become a breathing corpse. This is why spotting Depression, as early as possible, is crucial to start treatment and prevent the worsening of the condition of a patient.
When people start developing Depression, it is usually a gradual process. And those who spend much time with them can spot how their outlook and attitude changes.
Some behavioral changes and patterns can be expected of people as per their age. People who are older and approaching the more senile years are often low on hope and expectations. Their attitude is to avoid risk and stay in a safe atmosphere.
However, people who are younger are often ambitious and energetic. When these traits are changing and a person becomes resigned and reclusive, it is a sign of discomfort of their mental health.
People with Depression do not have much expectation of themselves, of those around them, or the situations in their life in general. Moreover, they do not wish for things to change and accept things in a disheartened but disconnected manner.
It is an age-old adage that all work and no play are no good for anyone. The relation between them is this that a person who does not engage in activities which give them mental relaxation and continually work are bound to lose the balance that we are all taught to strive for.
When one is over-burdened with work, they may lose interest in things that they enjoyed previously. And this should be accepted as an alarming sign of depreciating mental health.
When a person begins to lose interest and stops enjoying activities that once made them happy and free, it must be understood that there are serious reasons as well as serious consequences of this.
People who are depressed stop enjoying activities that previously made them extremely happy and content. They lose interest in all things that used to make them happy and sink into a feeling of continuous despair as a result of this.
Depression, as well as other mental illnesses, disturbs the sleeping pattern of an individual. The sleep patterns of different individuals are affected in different ways, while some end up sleeping all day, others don't sleep at all and may even be diagnoses with insomnia.
While sometimes the reason behind this change in the sleeping pattern is simply that Depression leads to several unhealthy and disturbing thoughts to creep into the minds of the patients; other times it is more complex.
Depression is caused due to an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, and when this imbalance is very severe the Depression of a person also gets very bad, and their sleeping pattern and sleep cycle are also directly affected by this.
Medications are often required for a proper sleep for those who find it hard to doze off.
Chemicals in the brain and hormones are what play a huge role in the Depression of a person, and these are also directly linked to a person’s metabolism and weight processing.
People with Depression often witness fluctuation in their weight. This is also very quick and unexplained as there are no traceable reasons for such changes. One should look out for such a sudden and unexpected change in the weight, since this could suggest a chemical imbalance in the body.
Even if the chemical and hormonal imbalance does not cause Depression, there are several other complications which may arise due to it.
Depression is a disease in which one loses positivity, hopefulness, desire for happiness, excitement, and other feelings and inherent driving factors which enable a person to continue wishing to have a life and discover its purpose and meaning.
A person does not wish to experience things they desired earlier, there is no wish to travel and explore; things which once made a person loosen up become laborious tasks. As a result the person starts to look at death as an effective and easy outlet from a cycle of constant suffering and discomfort.
The behavioral changes witnessed in a person during Depression and their fascination with death is not a gimmick or an act seeking attention, it is merely a natural reaction to a pointless-seeming existence; understanding this is imperative to provide assistance and support to a person with Depression.
Depression and the associated chemical imbalances in the brain are bound to have side effects, one of which is exhaustion. This is partly because a person loses motivation completely and partly because the endorphins in their brain are very low or absent.
This leads to constantly feeling tired and being exhausted. A person also has endless negative and discomforting thoughts that a person has during this time which make them even more tired. What makes it even worse is the lack of slumber and the difficulty in sleeping that are experienced during this very taxing phase.
With proper care, using medications, having support from one’s family and friends, therapy, engagement in distracting but constructive activities can all contribute significantly to one’s mental health.
While some may be lucky enough to see their Depression leave forever, some may finally get it under control with the help of external manipulation and continue to live their lives in a healthy and wholesome fashion.
The key to creating a better environment for Depression, and other mental health issues, is to start conversations about them openly and discuss the implications of the disease.
This will normalize the disease which is the most important part of dealing with it since society creates a huge gap between those who have Depression and those who don’t. By bridging this gap, a huge part of the problem can be solved as the people with Depression can feel like they belong and are a part of the community.
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