Firstly, I’d like to briefly open a parentheses to mention about people who act or believe that they have depression. One must be careful when mentioning things like “Feeling down” or “Being depressed”. There is a huge difference between having a bad day, feeling sad or frustrated and actually going through a depression.
I am no specialist, but I still want to address the importance of early diagnosis and recovery. Depression is a serious and complex medical illness that can hit anyone, anywhere, and anytime with no warning. The symptoms are not always obvious and can be misinterpreted for other illness, and sometimes, seen as “laziness” by outsiders.
That being said, if you or someone you know have more than one of the following symptoms, please seek assistance: permanent sadness (months), not wanting to leave the room/house, skipping meals, not minding personal hygiene, wanting to sleep all day, thinking of committing suicide, avoiding friends and family, etc. Please note that these are only some examples to watch out. Every person is unique and cannot be generalized, so if you are reading this post and think that you might be developing an illness, do not get desperate. The most important thing to do now is to seek help and be aware that anyone is susceptible to suffering depression. You will get over it!
I’ve been meaning to write about this topic a long time ago, but I guess it became more urgent after I started reflecting about my own life and people who are close to me. This is just a brief introduction, so please let me know if you would like to read motivational articles on overcoming sadness and eliminating the “bad days” of your life 🙂