What Is Depression And How To Overcome It

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April 7, 2017 marks 67 years of World Health Day and every year WHO focuses on an illness which has affected the population most in recent years, aiming to give us a healthy society to live in. Decision of celebrating 7th April as World Health Day took place in the first assembly conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948, which took 2 years to be implemented globally. This year, the program is themed on a silent enemy of the mankind, Depression. There are severel people who don’t know aht is depressiona and how to overcome it.

What is depression?

“Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks. In addition, people with depression normally have several of the following symptoms: a loss of energy; a change in appetite; sleeping more or less; anxiety; reduced concentration; indecisiveness; restlessness; feelings of worthlessness, guilt or hopelessness; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.”
– As explained by World Health Organization

Life in 21st century is really tough, people are loving things and using humans, everyone wants to be better than the rest and plagiarism has emerged as a common practice whether it is in corporate culture or in temporary friendships. People fool each other in reference of friendship and humanity is losing the culture of sharing what’s happening with them. Even 15 year olds are having trust issues and love to live an introverted life instead of spending time with family and friends.

Second largest reason of deaths in the age group 15-29 is suicide in the world, root cause of the act being depression. Be it the load of the vaticination of a child about what he has to become and how hard he has to study for it, failure, loss of someone really close, repudiation of a marriage, poverty, unemployment, or even a break up; people nowadays just can’t handle it and end up killing the best in themselves and isolate them from the world being stuck at the labyrinth of life. The question arises why? Where is the human race going wrong?

Well it’s a very typical question, and to decode the ground reality I sought some help by observing people in their last stage of life. Yes, the grandpas and grannies out there know it better than anyone as they have seen a very long era of change, they have seen and made their way through it, and are proud of carrying out such great lives by making most of it whether the days were bright or dark.

When asked about how they used to deal such grievances which practically breaks the best of a person in the present time, they say, “We talked. We didn’t have any social media platform in our times to prove how better we are from rest of the world, but we did have a bunch of people in our lives that really cared for our feelings. We had people who would love to help us when we were in trouble, celebrate with us when we did something good, share a shoulder to cry on when we lost someone, and scold us when we used to be wrong. Frankly speaking, we never craved about having fans or followers; we craved about having people to whom we can talk about us. Those people are the biggest achievement of our lives, and we are proud of it.”

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I was stunned by such a great reply, couldn’t have asked for a better answer. The real problem with our generation is we talk to people about other people, but when it comes to us, we try not to disclose who we really are in the name of trust issues. We are so bound by our so-called ego that we don’t seek to take help on improving us from others and tend to deal with our problems alone. This does not do any good though, but increases the intensity of the problem. We over think, scold ourselves, cry a lot, live in grudge, but never allow someone to share it. That’s where we have lost the power to deal with really bad circumstances of life which breaks us to a point that we stop believing in the significance of our life.

We have to understand that there’s a HUGE difference between being upset and being depressed. Being upset or sad is just a feeling and surely goes if encountered the right way, but depression a serious disorder which grows with each passing day. Not only it takes away our mental peace but also gives rise to many other serious health issues.

what is depression and how to overcome it

How To Pull Yourself Out Of Depression?

  • Talk to someone you trust about your feelings. Most people feel better this way.
  • Seek professional help. Your local health-care worker or doctor is a good place to start.
  • Always believe in yourself and remember with the right help you can get better.
  • Keep up with activities that you used to enjoy before this phase.
  • Stay connected. Keep in contact with family and friends.
  • Exercise regularly. An hour of meditation and yoga session at the time of sunrise or an evening walk would do wonders.
  • Stick to regular eating and sleeping habits.
  • Accept that you might have depression and adjust your expectations. You may not be able to accomplish as you do usually. You are still worthy of a jolly life.
  • Avoid or restrict alcohol intake and refrain from using illicit drugs; they can worsen depression.
  • If you feel suicidal, contact someone for help immediately.

Depression can be treated no matter how bad the stage is, so if you find someone struggling with it, never refrain yourself from helping him/her. It’s totally normal to find out someone struggling with depression, all you have to do as a helper is trying to talk to them, help them getting motivation, advise them of having a pet (as they are great depression receptors), and if you notice something which can harm their life, contact some specialist.

Some things you should never do as a helper: never make fun of people facing bad times; never judge a serious issue if you are not someone that close to the victim; never make them feel low no matter how hard they are on you over a certain topic (they are the victim after all so don’t expect them to understand you in the right state of mind always); suggest them to see a specialist, if you feel the condition is out of your control; never try to help someone in that state of mind if you can’t follow the above steps.

World Health Organization has started a yearlong campaign named Depression: Let’s talk which has been introduced on 10th October 2016 (World Mental Health Day) focusing on bringing joy back in the lives of the depressed and providing them with the right treatment. If you want to help others or seek help yourself, you can use #letstalk in a tweet to WHO on twitter if you feel there is no one worthy enough to share your problems with around you, they will surely help.

Let’s make this world a better place to live and never forget one lesson from kindergarten that sharing is caring. It was never really about just the food, but the feelings too.
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Shivam Tripathi
I hail from the city of temples, ghats and Ganga: Varanasi. An engineer by profession, it's the admiration of arts, culture and the strive to change what I feel wrong is what motivates me to write. It doesn't mean I am bad with the engineering thing by anyways, LOL. Just a little creativity in the simplest of things makes it beautiful. I love to read good books with some coffee and favourite tracks from the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd till late hours of the night. I love to constantly challenge myself, as I am my greatest competition and the only one.