Beyond the Blues
Understanding depression is difficult; hear from Psyche's community of peers on their experiences with this mood disorder.
How to Manage During a Depressive Episode
Depression has a way of taking over your daily life without you noticing it until it has managed to consume everything. Figuring out how to take control of your depression so you can still focus on the day to day mundane tasks without wanting to crawl back into bed and never return is a real skill.
Depression Explained Using the MCU
Before we start, I'd like to make two side notes. First, this article is based entirely on my personal experience with depression. Second, my personal experience with depression goes back about 6 years when I was first diagnosed with depression after leaving the military. That being said, let's get to the subject, shall we?
Fighting Depression with Gratitude
I'm so happy to be living a privileged life with so many opportunities. And no. I'm not rich. I do not have a net worth of up to a million pounds. But... I'm alive, I have a job, I live in a house, and I have food and clean water.
Depression isn't just "sad"
Yes, I know you hear it all the time. You read all the facts and figures on depression. You see the commercials for depression medication, but if you haven’t felt it, really felt it, then it just looks on the outside like a person who is unreasonably sad. For those who have had others confide in depression, they end up confused when the person confiding in them has no real circumstances for sorrow. It could be someone who on the outside has everything any person would want to be happy, and we can’t understand why they don’t just focus on that and thank God for the wonderful things in their life so they can move forward and smile.
Overcoming Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression is an extremely difficult illness to navigate. It is also an unspoken enemy of sorts. Everyone is always so excited to hear of the new baby that no one wants to dare even whisper the term "baby blues." It is both a very real and very painful experience. If you're lucky, your doctor will mention it a few times and maybe as about it briefly towards the end of your pregnancy. Anyone who has experienced it can testify that it is beyond hard.
So You're Clinically Depressed
We’ve all seen the memes. Clinical depression is good for a laugh nowadays. I love jokes, and at times, I especially appreciate dark humor. At the right time, with the right delivery, dark topics can be taken lightly, and it’s healthy to have a laugh at yourself sometimes.
You're living life to the fullest and one day it all stops. The breaks are slammed and everything changes. You ask yourself a ton of questions and thoughts run through your mind as to why. What happened? Why me? Why can't I get up out of bed? Why is that things that I used to care about and enjoy just seem to be chores and lost thoughts? Why is it that I'm so sad, moody, making plans just to break them? Why do I feel so dead inside and why am I crying so much? Why don't I care about the way I look or even have the strength to take a shower? All these things crossed my mind over and over again for years. I had no idea what happened to me. Where did my spunk go? Why is this cloud over my head? Why and more why's were running through my mind what was left of it at the time. I really tought I had lost mind.
Mental Illness & the Online World
The scientific evidence suggests that social media adversely affects mental illnesses such as depression. When you suffer from a condition that saps your self-esteem, seeing the successful 'world' that others post online (a 'world' that is overflowing with exotic holidays, career success, and smiling, contented families), can be a dispiriting experience.
5 Common Triggers for Seasonal Depression
Image Source: Envato Depression, as all too many know all too well, is a persistent lowering of mood and energy. Seasonal affective disorder or seasonal depression, as the name suggests, is a particular form of depression that is related closely to changes in the seasons, which in turn accompany changes in weather and social patterns, among other things. Due to a variety of reasons, for example, the cold winter months near the end of the year in many parts of the world and long periods with relative lack of sunlight in remote arctic climates in certain parts of the year tend to bring about higher levels of depression and isolation and, unfortunately, suicide among many members of the population. With this information in mind, the following are 5 very common triggers of seasonal affective disorder, which also has the unfortunately fitting acronym of SAD, and some ways to keep an eye out for them.
For years, I've been dealing with this invisible illness. I kept it to myself because I didn't want to be judged. I don't think anyone would've believed me. Where I'm from, if people can't tell you're hurt by looking at you, your problem doesn't exist. I even hid it from my doctor. What's even more crazy, I've kept it hidden from the man I've been with almost half of my life and I'm 38 years old.
When I started my master’s degree in September 2016, I began to struggle with the imposter syndrome, and that quickly led to depression: mood swings, lack of energy, bad eating habits, and having trouble focusing on tasks, all of them were obvious symptoms of my mental illness. My new duties as a teacher assistant were causing me a lot of worries, as well as my new classes. I never felt smart enough or good enough for any of it. My grandmother passing away in late October didn't help either. I was eaten by regrets about how I didn't go to the hospital to see her, even though that was because I wasn't able to stomach the sight of her dying body.
Depression; Do Not Suffer In Silence.
I am not a sufferer of depression by any means, I am naturally a very jolly, upbeat person. However I have experienced depression in my life, really badly, four times now. I have recently just come out of the other side of a really bad spell of depression, luckily this time it only lasted a few days. So with all of my last depression experiences in my mind, I want to offer you all the best advice which I can offer if you are currently suffering, because depression is such an awful place to be. So if you are currently suffering I really feel for you and I send you all my love.