For me, it’s quite thoughtless for people to ask someone (me, for example) why he is depressed. From experience, I actually can’t find the exact words to answer the question, “Why are you depressed?” I’ve asked myself that too. “Why am I so depressed?” And the only answer that I can quickly think of is, “I don’t really know.” This has been my dilemma for weeks now, which I would like to ask a professional, a therapist. Why do people like me get depressed? Or how do we know for sure that we are suffering from depression?
Depression May Or May Not Have A Cause
People who are not very well educated about depression falsely think that someone can only be described as depressed if there is a valid reason or cause for him to suffer from depression. They don’t react so rudely if you just lost a job, experiencing grief from losing a loved one, or discovered that you have a chronic illness. These are for them justified enough for someone to be depressed ed.
However, most of us who are diagnosed with depression really can’t find a reason and a cause for feeling profoundly sad for long periods. Depression is frequently painful, and it is usually hard for people because they do not comprehend this part of the condition because again if no cause or impulse drives the depression, there is no cause for getting depressed. And for me, that is such a devaluing notion – for them to somehow tell me that I shouldn’t be feeling the way I’m feeling right now.
Depression Is Unintentional
Take it from me – depression is not something that I intended to suffer from. I didn’t voluntarily welcome it into my life, and I can’t just snap out of it if I want to get rid of it. If this were the case, then I wouldn’t need the help of a therapist, prescription meds, or other therapies. Just like any officially diagnosed medical condition, depression compels us to seek mental healthcare services so that we are taken cared of appropriately. Depressed individuals aren’t lucky enough to wake up the next day feeling energized and happy and able to say, “Yes, the depression’s gone!” NO. In fact, if they’re not treated, there’s nowhere else they’d rather be but in bed, alone and hopeless.
All of us experience feeling sad or gloomy sometimes. A man may feel miserable for a week because he lost his favorite game. A woman may feel angry and blue over an argument she has with her best friend. Most likely, they will get over the hurt after a few days or a week, or maybe they won’t (and the hurt may progress to depression). For those who lost a job, went through a divorce, or diagnosed with cancer, the grief may be intensely distressing and may lead to depression.
Depression happens when sadness becomes extreme, lasting for at least 2 weeks or even longer. The extreme sadness hinders one to normally perform his everyday activities like going to work, sleeping enough hours, or eating properly. Some depressed people think about ending their life because of too much guilt within them.
Depression Is Real But It Can Be Treated
Although one cannot get rid of his depression in just a wave of his hand, it can, fortunately, be cured or controlled through effective treatment. Such treatments include the use of antidepressants to suppress the overwhelming emotions that drive the individual to hurt himself. Psychotherapy is also one of the most efficient methods of teaching the individual various coping skills that would help him tackle his irrational depressive symptoms.
From the beginning of my treatment, I was surrounded by people who love and care for me and they are still with me until now as I am going through the struggle of trying to manage myself and heal from my past hurts. Having your loved ones with you makes the whole journey a lot easier.
The stigma around depression and other mental health disorders still persists worldwide. There is still reluctance that is associated with visiting a professional for mental health problems. It is unfortunate that depression is frequently seen as a weakness instead of something that is a major dilemma in the family and the community that needs attention and care.
People with depression who have not yet come forward about it are still suffering pointlessly. Suppressed emotions and unspoken concerns can worsen depression. It is indeed crucial for them to receive professional help.
So is depression treatable? Yes, definitely. It is very possible, especially if the depressed individual gets competent medical and mental healthcare. Therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists are among the professionals with a track record on knowledge, experience, and skill to walk these individuals through their journey towards healing and recovery.