Symptoms of Depression, the Invisible Disease

· November 29, 2016
A person suffering from depression doesn't want to be sad or constantly trapped in their own thoughts. In fact, they want nothing more than to escape their personal prison.

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in today’s society. According to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), it affects almost 350 million people and that number will probably rise in coming years. So, what are the symptoms of depression and how can we combat it?

We should also remember that this disorder affects children and a good part of our young population. As a result, depression is responsible for a large number of suicides each year, but we don’t usually hear about this in the media.

We’re talking about an “invisible” disease. This is also the case with fibromyalgia, lupus, and bipolar disorder.

The symptoms of depression are not always so easy to spot. Depression leaves wounds that the general population often cannot sympathize with.

It’s not easy for healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat these diseases either. Primary care physicians have too little time and often don’t provide a thorough enough diagnosis.

Pharmacological treatments are not always effective either. In fact, psychotherapy is often the best solution for the problem. The truth is that society needs to be more responsive to these realities.

It’s perhaps for this reason that affected individuals feel so alone. Today on our website, we want to mention a few things you should know about this condition.

1. There’s no quick cure for depression

A woman looking downwards.

The time it takes to overcome or be healed from depression depends on its severity.

It often doesn’t help that people often give added pressure by offering inappropriate advice like, “be more positive” or “this isn’t a big deal, try to look at things from another point of view.”

Overcoming depression requires a very delicate internal restructuring. In addition to drugs, a person must make a very complex internal journey in order to learn how to change their thinking and get better control of their emotions.

It’s likely that, after three months, and pharmacological treatment, a person will experience an improvement. Some residual symptoms of depression, such as fatigue or insomnia, may remain.

These factors could, at any given moment, reactivate the disease. Recovering from depression takes time, support, patience and a lot of courage.

2. Symptoms of depression: anxiety

It can often take a while to receive the right diagnosis, because depression can be confused with other disorders.

“What you have is stress, you need to take things easy” or “I’ll give you something to help with anxiety”. These are all, without a doubt, the wrong things to say. Depression has many “faces” that aren’t always easily recognizable.

  • 65% of patients with depression often experience high levels of anxiety.
  • It often manifests itself as a bad mood, apathy, constant irritability and an inability to enjoy anything.

Consult a professional for a proper diagnosis.

See also: 5 Healthy Foods That Calm Your Anxiety

3. Depression is not caused by sadness

A man with a headahe.

We usually associate depression with sadness. However, most of the time it is like a “giant ball” made up of many different aspects. A lot of little things that create an insurmountable barrier.

The symptoms of depression, like helplessness, disappointment, frustration, anger, worry and fear trap the individual suffering in their own personal prison. We also can’t forget the role that genetics can play in whether or a not a person will develop depression.

Seasonal depression is another form of the disease and is linked to a lack of sunlight and feelings of loneliness. It’s something worth being aware of.

Depression has many origins, from situational and emotional to biochemical.

4. No one chooses this disease

A woman covering her face.

Having depression doesn’t mean that a person is weak, lacking in character or courage. In fact, anyone can develop a mental disorder at any point in their lives.

No one is immune to the suffering or even changes to the neurotransmitters. We mustn’t forget that depression is, in many cases, a chemical imbalance in the brain that can’t always be controlled.

5. Depression distorts your thinking

The disease takes over the person in every aspect of their lives. It steals their energy, motivation and even their self control.

People with depression stop caring about their appearance and hygiene, and even eating. It can make you say things that are the opposite of your desires or how you truly feel.

Also read: Emotional Intelligence For Difficult Moments

The bad moods, irritability, constant refusal to leave the house, make plans or spend time with others is very difficult for many families. People with depression need those around them to be understanding, as well as more kind, patient and loving.

Sooner or later, the dark cloud of depression will lift. Having courage and the support of family and good doctors are, without a doubt, the pillars of success in overcoming depression.

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