Depression For Dummies

Did you know that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 430 million people suffer from mental illness and globally, more than 300 million are affected by depression alone? To be clear, depression is NOT equal to sadness. As stated by WHO, depression is “a mental disorder that leads to more stress and dysfunction and worsen the affected person’s life. when long-lasting and with moderate or severe intensity, depression may become a serious health condition”. It can have an incredibly negative impact on a person’s life which often leads to them being unable to perform at work, school or can result in unusual behaviour around family and with their surroundings. Some (but not limited to) of the symptoms could be lack or excessive sleep, loss of appetite, low self-esteem, loss of interest, anxiety and a constantly low mood. 

“Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds; At its worst, depression can lead to suicide”.

– World Health Organization

Sadness on the other hand is a normal emotion that everyone will experience due to challenges in everyday’s routine. A lack of happiness often passes with time, however, when these emotions stay for too long or the person becomes unable to resume normal function, this could be a sign of depression. It is in these prolonged periods that individual should seek professional help before it develops for too long which often makes things more complicated.

The result of depression is a combination of several factors including social environment, psychological history and biological disposition, however it is often triggered by a traumatic event such as losing a job, heart break, or bullying to name a few.

In today’s modern medicine practices, there are many effective treatments for the different types of depression. Psychological therapy is usually the first in the line of remediation and depending on the medical case, antidepressants often go hand in hand with it. In addition, exercising has also proven stunning healing results. Mental health treatment takes time to take effect, so you’ve got to be patient and consistent in order to see some improvement. That being said, nothing is achievable without the patient’s desire for recovery.

Enough with definitions and statistics, depression is real; It can drag you down like a moving sand without you even noticing. Despite different barriers preventing people from seeking treatment, unfortunately many lack access to medical treatments due to social taboo and/or religious misconceptions associated with mental health problems. Those who suffer from such disorder are no different from those who have physical injuries, they are not sinners for seeking help, they are not insane because of their struggle. At the end of the day, no one is in a legitimate position to judge.

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about, be kind. Always.”

– Anonymous

Take a look on the different depression severities:

Main types of depression

Successful people who suffered from a type of mental illness or depression:

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