Mental Health & Self-Help

Depression: Its Impact On Daily Life

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Have you ever felt low and less motivated? Have you lost the will to carry on despite the activities that used to bring you a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment? Have you ever felt so lonely and isolated, where no amount of encouraging words will suffice to make you feel better? Imagine these negative emotions taking its toll on your daily life for a prolonged period of time. A lot of people with depression are left untreated and undiagnosed because they tend to just brush it off. There are possible reasons why sometimes it ends up to harmful consequences such as suicide. It could be because of social stigma, culture, lack of information or education regarding its causes, signs, and symptoms.

Imagine these negative emotions taking its toll on your daily life for a prolonged period of time. A lot of people with depression are left untreated and undiagnosed because they tend to just brush it off. There are possible reasons why sometimes it ends up to harmful consequences such as suicide. It could be because of social stigma, culture, lack of information or education regarding its causes, signs, and symptoms.

The struggle is real

Why don’t we imagine being in the shoes of the people who are depressed? Some of them describe it as being against themselves, a living hell inside your thoughts slowly eating you up inside and out. It’s another day again. The alarm rang and gently you open your eyes. Despite having a reasonable amount of sleep, you still feel tired and exhausted, wanting to cover yourself with your blanket and go back to sleep right away. No, it’s not laziness. You wanted to get up and do something. You were able to drag your body out of the bed to stand and face yourself in the mirror. Suddenly, the voice inside your head is telling you how unpretty and undeserving you are. Little by little the doubt is eating you up. You went down on your knees, you broke into tears, you bang your head on the wall. You feel nothing, the physical pain is reassuring the invisible pain inside. You do not want the feeling but it is there. The negative thoughts resulted to nausea, a sense of impending doom, lack of appetite, insomnia and worst the recurring thoughts of hurting oneself.

It’s another day. The alarm rang and gently you open your eyes. Despite having a reasonable amount of sleep, you still feel tired and exhausted, wanting to cover yourself with your blanket and go back to sleep right away. No, it’s not laziness. You wanted to get up and do something. You were able to drag your body out of the bed to stand up and face yourself in the mirror. Suddenly, the voice inside your head is telling you how unpretty and undeserving you are. Little by little the doubt is eating you up. You went down on your knees, you broke into tears, you bang your head on the wall. You feel nothing, the physical pain is reassuring the invisible pain inside. You do not want the feeling but it is there. The negative thoughts resulted to nausea, a sense of impending doom, lack of appetite, insomnia and worst the recurring thoughts of hurting oneself.

Suddenly, the voice inside your head is telling you how unpretty and undeserving you are. Little by little the doubt is eating you up. You went down on your knees, you broke into tears, and you bang your head on the wall. You feel nothing. The physical pain is reassuring the invisible pain inside. You do not want the feeling but it is there. The negative thoughts often result to nausea, a sense of impending doom, lack of appetite, insomnia and worst, recurring thoughts of hurting oneself.

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It follows you outside the bedroom, the house and to your workplace. You hear the noise outside, the people talking but none of what you hear makes sense. Everyday the cycle continues – battling the demons inside your head. You become irrational because of the false thoughts.

The help they need

For us who are more aware of the warning signs, it is vital to realize that remarks such as “cheer up” and “you’ll get through this bad day” are not enough for people fighting depression. It is a serious, severe and stubborn kind of mental condition. What they need is a listening ear, a compassionate hand and a lot of understanding. They need the encouragement to seek professional help without prejudice so they can receive the proper treatment for their condition.

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Provide the person with resources and hotlines that they can call to seek help. It is also helpful to remember that depressed people lack the will power, so making an appointment with the doctor or therapist can be challenging. It can be helpful if you make this a team effort by setting goals and consistently being there for the other person. Engaging in productive activities such as exercise and a healthier lifestyle or diet can boost the mood and outlook of a person.