Everyone has had their moments when they feel sad. Even the tiniest of screw-ups might be enough to put us in a rather sour mood. And that’s to be expected. After all, it’s human nature to want to get things done right the first time.
But what happens when that sour mood starts to persist? What happens when you feel as though you can’t do anything right? What happens when those tiny screw-ups start to feel like the end of the world and there’s no going back?
Well, if you have had any of those thoughts or feelings, then there is a very good chance that you suffer from depression.
Contrary to what may have been shared with you, depression is not the same as simply “feeling down in the dumps.” Depression is a serious mental illness that cripples one’s ability to interact with other people and even carry out their daily routines.
The symptoms that come with depression vary from person to person, making it difficult to spot at first glance. In spite of this, however, there are symptoms that are commonly associated with depression, which can include (but are not limited to):
- Hopeless and/or helpless mentality
- Drastic changes in eating habits
- Drastic change of sleep patterns
- Loss of interest in hobbies/favorite activities
- Mood Swings
- Suicidal thoughts/attempts
Just as the symptoms of depression can vary from person to person, the causes of depression can vary from person to person as well. For example, some people may experience depression after the loss of a family member or loved one. Other people experience depression as a result of stress or trauma. Research has also shown that depression has a genetic factor, though there is a depression-resistant factor as well.
According to the Mental Health Association of Maryland, there are two very common types of depression:
The first is Major Depression, in which the patient is essentially hampered from living their normal life as a result. With Major Depression, the patient is expected to have a various number of episodes throughout their life.
The second is Persistent Depressive Disorder, in which the patient experiences symptoms for at least two years. While there are periods where the symptoms are mild, they still must persist for at least two years.
Depression may seem like a problem with no solution or a dark cave with no light at the end. It may also be taxing not just to those who actually have it, but to their family, friends, and loved ones as well. But like with any problem, depression has a multitude of solutions.
Like with any mental illness, the first step on the road to recovery is to form a support network. It is highly recommended that you seek out your family and friends, tell them what you have been going through, and ask them for their patience. Your support network should be comprised of people that love you and care for your well-being and have a positive attitude.
Another effective way to treat depression is psychotherapy. Through psychotherapy, you can learn ways to cope with depression, such as alternative ways of behaving and thinking. It could also help you learn new, healthy habits that can combat depression.
But sometimes, even the simplest things can go a long way to improve your mood. To counter the isolationism that comes with depression, try to spend some time outside and take a walk. Not only will it help you leave your house and expose you to the fresh air and sunlight, it will also help uplift your mood. To add to this, it is also a good idea to try new activities as well as get back to old activities you may have given up on. Try to incorporate physical activities that you enjoy like biking, hiking, swimming, kayaking, playing golf, bowling, dancing, yoga, rock climbing wall, ice skating, skiing, snow tubing, whatever you most enjoy!
Spiritual Spectra offers services that can help the well-being of anyone suffering from depression. Two of these services include Energy Healing Sessions and Meditation. An Energy Healing session can help remove anxiety, insecurity and emotional baggage that you may have while meditation can help alleviate stress in addition to improving memory and cognition. Both services can help enhance any other treatment plan you may be following.
In worst-case scenarios, there is always a possibility that you may be having suicidal thoughts or may have even attempted suicide. Suicidal behavior should never be ignored at all; if you have gotten to this point, then call the Maryland Crisis Hotline: 1-800-422-0009 immediately!
Otherwise, honor yourself and your health by taking small steps each day. Remember to applaud yourself for what you have achieved no matter how small. When it seems as though you have no one left to turn to, in actuality, there are people out there that love and cherish you for who you are. Be it friends, family, a therapist, or us at Spiritual Spectra, the resources are out there in order to help you enjoy life again!