With clinical depression becoming a regular occurrence, especially amongst the younger population, we need to understand this malady before fighting it. Twisted games such as the Blue Whale Challenge prey on people with low self-esteem and we should recognise it to help those around us. X, a young woman afflicted with Clinical Depression shares her experiences and outlook here.
What is Clinical Depression?
It’s a state of mind and body reacting out of your natural control.
How would you identify depression ?
Mood swings, irritability, fatigue, feeling low on energy for no reason, feeling overwhelmed, emotional detachment, feeling disconnected, unsocial, demotivated, body pain, insomnia, imbalanced appetite, despair. If you have more than 4 of these symptoms at the same time, consider seeing a clinical psychologist.
How does the Human mind get into such a state of depression?
Long term resistance to things that you don’t like or situations that are beyond our control, continual mental or physical abuse, hormonal imbalance, vitamin deficiency, iron or vitamin D etc, lack of physical exertion, unhealthy food, uneven blood sugar, lack of sleep and exhaustion.
How does one treat depression?
Come out of the denial stage, seek help from trusted people around you, note down your symptoms, lifestyle and behavioural changes, consult a psychologist, be utterly honest with yourself, accept constructive feedback positively and believe that you will be just fine. Fight for the future rather than lament over the time lost.
Is it curable?
Yes, with the help of clinical psychology treatment and counselling. There’s a certain fear of acknowledging it and once that’s dealt with, everything moves faster. Proactive medication for lack of vitamins and hormones. Staying away from addictive habits such as excessive drinking, smoking and drugs.
How does one avoid becoming depressed?
Have an active lifestyle with regular exercise and/or yoga. The endorphins that working out produce always help stabilise our thoughts. Healthy food, with a careful watch on sleeping patterns is a must. We should avoid any sort of sleep imbalance and food imbalance. No excessive sugars. Above all, we should realise that the current situation won’t be permanent. Things change and it’s upto us to make it so.
As recounted with X, a recent survivor of clinical depression.