The usual ups and downs of life mean that everyone feels sad or has “the blues” from time to time. But if emptiness and despair have taken hold of your life and won’t go away, you may be down with depression. Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being. An individual suffering from depression can feel morose, sad, anxious, hopeless, helpless, worthless, restless and at times even suicidal.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from clinical depression.
- you have lost your appetite or you are overeating at meal every
- you can’t sleep or you sleep too much
- you can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult
- you feel helpless and hopeless
- you are unable to control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try
- you are much more irritable, short-tempered, or aggressive than usual
- you’re consuming more alcohol than normal or engaging in other reckless behavior (indulging in too much sexual activities)
- you have thoughts that life is not worth living (seek immediate help if this is the case)
Causes of Depression
Depression varies from person to person, but there are some common signs and symptoms. It’s important to remember that these symptoms can be a part of life’s normal lows. While day to day life events can lead to a state of depressed mood, there are a number of causes for clinical depression. Adversity in childhood, such as bereavement, neglect, unequal parental treatment of siblings, physical abuse or sexual abuse, significantly increases the likelihood of depression. Life events and changes that may precipitate depressed mood include, financial difficulties, job problems, a medical diagnosis (cancer, HIV, etc.), childbirth, menopause bullying, loss of a loved one, natural disasters, social isolation, relationship troubles, jealousy, separation, and others.
The Last Words
In today’s fast paced life, depression has increased in individuals considerably. It might come as a surprise but depression as a psychological/ clinical disorder is on a rise in India. Researches reveal that every, one out of 10 Indians are depressed. Nerve-wrecking competition everywhere from schools, colleges, corporate ladder —all to contribute to the cause. Celebrities like Deepika Padukne and Heath Ledger have been victims of depression. It is time that we seriously look into the matter and make our environment a better place to live.