Depression is a phase we all have come through in our lives, when we feel sad, loss or anger due to something bad happened in life. This feeling interferes with our day-to-day life and affects our thoughts and mental state too. Generally, this phase lasts for a short time, common to everyone, which are generally related with the improvement of the situation, pacifying our mental state. But in some cases, known as “clinical depression” or a “depressive disorder”, it lasts long and affects adversely and severely with the way one feels, thinks and handles the daily activities. The symptoms are present entirely the day and nearly every day for at least 2 weeks.

What are the symptoms then

As we all know that depression is generally associated with sadness or feeling low, but shockingly, there are also cases when people with depression may not even feel sadness at all. So, the symptoms of this disorder ranges vastly from behavioural changes to physical symptoms. Some of the symptoms which can be clinically diagnosed and detected may include:

Behavioural symptoms consisting of feelings of hopelessness or pessimism, mood swings, loss of anxiety, loss of interest and pleasure, aggressive behaviours, repeatedly going over the same thoughts, and many more. Some people may experience lack of concentration, early-morning awakening or over-sleeping, irritability.

Physical symptoms include aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems, weight loss or gain and many more which are generally not cured by the treatments.
Among them, the most deadly and fatal symptom people experience is the thought of death or suicidal attempts. As we know in case of the current news, which are still flooded with the tragic death of Sushant Singh Rajput, on 14th July, 2020, due to suicide caused by depression (as per reported). Such a huge talent and personality just left us in such a short time, and all because of depression. I still remember his movie “Chhichhore” where he quoted never to quit in life, no matter how big the failure looks. He was an inspiration and of course left a mark in everyone’s heart for what he has done. The shocking end to his life story was a bud of the big depression he was going through in his life. Moreover, it is estimated that there are more than 10 million cases of depression per year in India, which signifies depression as a common health problem nowadays.

So, how should we deal with depression?

The first step against depression is the self-realization itself about the state and to visit a health care provider or mental health professional for the treatment. The health care provider can cure out the other health conditions, having same symptoms as depression via exam, interview or lab tests. Medication includes antidepressants which take 2 to 4 weeks to work. Moreover, a talk with the therapist solves half of the problem as one could feel really lighter after that. Another option called psychotherapy which involves teaching new ways of thinking and behaving and changing habits proved to lowered depression. The combination of both medication and psychotherapy is highly effective.
There are also some simple steps, we can do to fight against depression which includes meditation, early morning exercise, spending time and sharing problems with other people and mainly with trusted friends for a better solution to the problems. Avoiding alcohol or with drugs not prescribed is also important.

Thus, to fight against such a deadly problem, we should go easy on ourselves, let things go and mainly talk with some of our close friends about the problems we face.
We can also help others suffering from depression by talking to them, trying to understand their problems and helping them to adhere to their treatment plans. We should always try to take some time out for others, as “a smile in the face of someone is indeed a good feeling deep inside the heart”. If people try to support each other, try to understand the problem others facing, irrespective of who they are, everything is done about the word “DEPRESSION”. We should keep humanity as our topmost character and should always stand for others keeping that in mind, because “a human can only help another human”.

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