Imagine a World embattled with the outbreak of a plague that affects the body, mood and mind – the plague that drains your energy to thrive, diminishes your hope, incapacitates your brain, and strips you of your will to live.
It’s a ghastly disorder that stalked every corner of the Earth, and leaving 1 human every 40 seconds dead! By 2020, it will rise to become the second leading cause of death. Yet, its underlying cause is not understood. Its impact is trivialized, and its victims are ridiculed and prejudiced.
It’s a terrible disorder which digging huge pits to inhume the bodies won’t stop the outbreak. This time, houses won’t be sealed to condemn the victims to death; rather the victims will keep themselves hidden to embrace the inevitable outcome.
Definition of the Plague: Depression
It interferes with your everyday life and brings immense pain to the person suffering and the people who care about the person. It slowly kills you from within and hollows you out. You can’t just “pull yourself together”, and snap out of it.
The malady is depression: the leading cause of death in developing countries.
Depression: What Is It?
Depression is a mental disorder that is evidenced by relentless feelings of sadness. The person suffering from depression is likely to experience deep sadness lasting for more than two weeks. He/she is likely to retract from social gatherings slowly.
Due to low motivation, he/she finds it extremely difficult to concentrate. The person feels worthless, guilty, restless, hopeless, and gradually becomes drained, sometimes angry.
Depression: What Causes It?
Depression isn’t caused by a single known reason. Depression may likely result from:
- Genetic factors (responsible for 30% of depression cases)
- Loss of someone beloved
- Unpleasant life events
- Financial difficulties
- Struggling to fit into a new environment
- Physical illness
- Social awkwardness
Depression: How to Deal with It
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Healthy coping mechanisms
- Antidepressants, such as SSRIs, MAOIs
- Herbal Therapy
Depression: How to Help Yourself
- Set yourself personal/professional goals
- Take mild exercise
- Travel and socialize
- Think positive
- Come forth and seek professional help