Many people know me as the person who laughs, smiles and jokes. But through all of my life I have wanted to help people, whether that be in a physical way or a psychological one.
As being a psychologist the most common thing that I want to help people about is Depression. I have seen people considering normal life stresses as depression. To all those who consider a normal stress calling it Depression, an actual depressive disorder “All of us experience sadness during h lives, and most of us say we are depressed at one time or another, but most of these experiences do not have the intensity and duration to be diagnosable or considered as depressive disorder.” Depression is a chronic medical disease, a severe one. Some normal stresses or challenges should never be called depression. Normal stresses or sadness is a part of life, none of us is born with all happiness, everyone of us is facing our own challenges in our own ways, but they never mean to be called depression.
These little stresses bring colors to our lives, let’s just wonder a smooth life all with just happiness, Do you feel it will be a colorful one? No ups & downs, no challenges, no passions, just a smooth road and you keep going, don’t you feel It will get boring? How do you feel wondering to move on the same smooth road for the whole wide life? To me, as a person, it sounds quite boring, a life with no ups & downs is a life without spice.
None of us like stress, No human can, but lets be realistic and an optimist one. When we know that we are all born with a purpose, we are all born to be tested by God, than lets just trust the Almighty, and not get into this bad chronic disease called depression.
But on the other side we might fail at times, it might get chronic, so severe sometimes that we fail to fight it with our courage, we loose control, we loose it all and fall into Depressive Disorder. Yes we are humans, we can fail, its no shame to accept it. It gets chronic, that it starts to spread inside you like a poison. A poison damaging you second by second, breath by breath. You may lay whole night sleepless staring at the ceiling. You lay there and get up in the morning after a long sleepless night and felt your chest rise and fall so hard as you breathed. You may sit still with tears falling continuously with no concious reason. Sometimes the memories hits you so hard that you can’t sleep, feeling worthless or excessive guilt. Sometimes the anxiety worrying you what will be next in the future, makes it difficult for you to concentrate, think, or make decions. It empties you so badly that you loose all pleasure in life, you loose your energy level, you don’t feel like eating anything, and loose alot of your weight. At times you sleep like a dead animal, for long long hours.
It causes you infinite issues, you get negative thoughts, sucidal thoughts, become focused on your deficits, loose all hope. Actually its eating you, bite by bite, your heart feels so heavy as if you won’t be able to inhale after exhaling this breath. It causes you physical symptoms as physical aches and pains, low energy levels, psychomotor retardation (causing your thoughts and movements to slow down), psychomotor agitation (you pace, fidget, wring your hands).
It makes you feel as if:
You’re not dead but you’re not alive either…
Your heart is beating but your skin is ice cold…
You are Living Dead!
Yes, if you feel this way most of the day, all the day or for 2 weeks continuously, if its causing you unbearable pains, If your alive soul feels dead, so get up.
Consult your psychiatrist, you can again be a warrior from a survivor, all you have to do is to get up and fight it. Go to your psychiatrist, all you need is some medication and counselling as all other diseases. Its not a strange one, its like all other diseases, and we all get sick, than get back to healtheir. Yeah it’s a severe one, it makes you to just survive, filling the written breath’s, but you can be changed into a warrior again, keep Faith and work for it.
You will first be given medication, you can’t directly be treated with therapies. Depression makes a person numb, it takes away a persons ability to understand and accept things with patience, and for therapies you need to accept and understand things patiently, that will ultimately make you healthier, and that can be done through medication, medication can take you to that state where you can accept therapies. In some cases clients are not able to accept any medicine, due to some medical reasons, in that case they are only given therapies to be treated, sometimes both medicine and therapies are needed, depending on the client’s condition.
Most clients are treated on an outpatient basis. But, in some cases people need to stay in the hospital for a short time. You might seek hospitalization yourself. Or you could be hospitalized under a doctor’s order.
But when you are at the state to have therapies, you are to come to us, psychologists, to be treated through therapies, the most common of which is Psychotherapy, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Family and Martial Therapy, or any other means of therapies according to your condition.
It will actually be very helpful for you to take yourself out of it. Its not an easy process, but I guess nothing is easy in life, you struggle your whole life, so Its okay to struggle for your mental health aswell.
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