What is Depression?

November 30,2016 By: Mansi poddar

What is depression?

Everyone gets the blues occasionally. We feel sad, unhappy or empty. Life seems meaningless and uninteresting. Whats the point in going on?Its normal and healthy to question, feel and hurt. In this instant coffee driven world, people expect instant happiness. Many a times, normal mood swings and feelings become pathologised and a “disease.??? So when is depression depression?

Depression is NOT a feeling of sadness that lasts few days, nor is that feeling that goes away with a nice warm bath. Depression is when the feelings of emptiness and sadness have taken over your life and functioning. It impacts your health, relationships and work. Depression is that hollow, antagonizing feeling that might not always have roots. Depression makes you enjoy life less than you used too, and makes it tough to function. But depression is treatable, you can heal. Seek the help you need.

Signs and symptoms of depression include:

Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness– A bleak outlook—nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing I can do to improve my situation.

Loss of interest in daily activities– No interest in former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. You’ve lost your ability to feel joy and pleasure.

Appetite or weight changes– Significant weight loss or weight gain—a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.

Sleep changes– Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping (also known as hypersomnia).

Anger or irritability— Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent. Your tolerance level is low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves.

Loss of energy. Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained— Your whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete.

Self-loathing. Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt—You harshly criticize yourself for perceived faults and mistakes.

Reckless behavior—You engage in escapist behavior such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports.

Concentration problems–Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.

Unexplained aches and pains–An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.

Depression is manageable. Seek help today. Share this article and spread the word.