As someone who has dealt with depression and continues to I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about it! The World Health Organization defines depression as “Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.”
In addition, people with depression normally have several of the following symptoms:
• a loss of energy
• a change in appetite
• sleeping more or less
• reduced concentration
• feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness
• thoughts of self-harm or suicide
Even though it’s hard for me to admit let alone to put it out there for anyone to read I have gone through all of these and to be very honest at times it felt like they were all there at once! I’ve had days so bad where I would break down several times crying from being so overwhelmed with everything! Depression is something you can’t just get rid of from one moment to the next especially if the issues that have gotten you to that point persist in your daily life.
I am not claiming to be an expert by any means on depression. All I can do is tell you that you are not alone in your internal battle! There are many people out there even though they wear a smile in public behind closed doors they are far from that person you saw. There are many people like myself who can smile through most of the day and no one to the wiser of my feelings or my thoughts.
Depression is a bugger and it affects you in so many ways emotionally and physically. It can drain you of all your mental and physical energy and truly leave you feeling “yucky” for lack of a better word. It will simply suck the life out of you!
There is a certain stigma attached to depression and most people will never put it out there for everyone to know and I get that! I have put myself out there for the simple reason that doing so helps one person then it was worth it! I am fully backing the World Health Organization on April, 7, 2017 on World Health Day on their campaign for depression.
Depression can affect anyone. So this campaign is for everyone, whatever your age, sex, or social status.At the World Health Organization, we have chosen to pay particular attention to three groups that are dis-proportionally affected: adolescents and young adults, women of childbearing age (particularly following childbirth), and older adults (over 60s).
Please join on April,7,2017 in sharing your story or simply support sharing other posts and articles on depression and let others know it’s ok to not be ok! Use hashtags #letstalk #depression #mentalhealth