If you ask a group of people who've suffered from clinical depression to define the illness, you'll hear a variety of answers. Depression is a very personal experience that millions of people all over the world experience.
Different people manifest different symptoms, but one thing is certain: depression is a difficult illness that can destroy your life if left unresolved.
Many people with depression describe it as a sense of despair that engulfs everything they do and everything they feel.
If you think being depressed is akin to feeling sad because your favorite team just lost the championship game, you really have no idea what suffering from a true depression is like. Depression is much deeper and more invasive than sadness or frustration.
Depression takes everything away from you; it saps your energy, focus, concentration, and especially your joy. You just don't care about anything; nothing matters and even the people you love become unimportant.
If you're depressed for a long period of time, you become accustomed to the feeling and any other emotion becomes unfamiliar and even frightening.
Concerns of Depression and the Pain it can Cause
Depression can take on many physical and mental problems such as
lose your appetite or eat incessantly
zap your energy and motivation
become inactive and unmotivated
lack of sleep and insomnia
poor nutrition and no interest in meal planning
aches and pains due to brain chemicals signaling pain
turning to alcohol and drugs
If you know someone who is depressed, the best thing you can do is be their friend. Talk to them and help them through this period. Help them seek medical care to treat their illness.
If you think you may be depressed, talk to a health care provider. Depression doesn't have to ruin your life! With help and support, you can conquer your depression, move past it, and go on to live a joyful life. Should you have suicidal thoughts please call your local emergency services and talk to a professional.
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