Overcoming Depression

By: Megan R.

What is Depression?

You may know the vague idea of the illness revolving around woe and sadness. However, depression is not just a short period of time when you are sad that they did not have your ice cream flavor at the store, or after you lose your baseball game. Depression, in its formal definition, is a mood disorder causing a persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest.

Over 3 million U.S. citizens experience depression in one year alone. It is a common disease, but it is very serious. Those diagnosed with it often never seek treatment, although the illness is curable.

Depression, in simpler terms, is a long period of time where you feel sad or lose interest in things you used to do commonly. Often, activities are avoided and thought to be hopeless or inadequate. It is a disorder of the brain, interfering with daily life. It is almost like a demon telling you negative things in the back of your skull. It generates anxiety and self-consciousness, and many other side effects bothering modern populations.

Every year, about 6.7% of United States citizen adults experience depression. Women are 70% more likely to get diagnosed with the illness than men are. Around 32 years old is the average age for when people first feel signs of depression, and 3.3% of 13 to 18 year old have experiences a depressive disorder.

Depression is a serious illness and topic, and can even cause suicidal thoughts. It is not a short time for being sad. It is when you feel empty and miserable, a sea of melancholy taking over your mind, shielding your eyes from the future of hope.

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Why Do I Have Depression?

Upon being diagnosed with depression, you may be wondering why. The causes for the illness can be plentiful when you realize it can be the effect of many things. Some believe it is sparked by trauma or tough experiences while others think it is a stronger concept. Some even think it is caused by the weather or past activities you have done.

So, which is the right answer?

The truth is, none of them are really correct. Yet none of them are wrong. Our brains look at things differently. For example, a librarian and a movie star most likely had different origins of their depression. It differs depending on job, family life, income rate, and social support, and many other variables.

Depression cannot be narrowed down to being caused by one thing. It could be trauma or it could be panic attacks, or it could be something someone with a different mindset may find silly or strange. It could be something as simple as the weather or seeing family.

Finally, if you meet someone with depression and find out why they are feeling what they are experiencing, take a moment to think about it. Do not jump to conclusions, no matter what the reason stated. Always remember this is a serious illness that can be grown from the roots of any problem.

Depression is not caused by one thing. Many things cause it. Each being sees it differently. Remember to always consider possibilities.

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How To Cope With Depression

Depression brings hopelessness, darkness, and emptiness to the one bearing the enormous weight of the mental illness on their shoulders. However, it is natural, and it is curable. The best way to overcome it is to stay calm and manage your life in a positive way.

Firstly, you'll want to continue being engaged in activities to keep yourself occupied and in good spirits. Here, you can open yourself up to engagement with others, and make friends. Social support from friends and family is another key step into conquering depression.

Second in line is to remember to continue going outside and get exposure to sunlight and other people. The body works well under sunlight, and needs the suns rays to live.

Thirdly, always exercise! Physical activity cannot be stressed enough, and is essential to keeping your body healthy. It's a simple task, and just about twenty push ups a day can make your body feel a whole lot better, and chances are, you'll feel better too!

Next, make sure to keep close to the things you love doing. Spend time with friends, families, and pets. Make lists of things you like and hang it over your door. Read those happy things out loud to yourself, over and over, until you can reassure yourself that everything is not hopeless, and there are still things to accomplish!

Finally, get sleep. This is the most important of them all. If you don't sleep, deprivation and drowsiness can lead to the inability to think clearly. This can lead to pretty scary ideas, and serious consequences in the end.

Remember to take breaks, think clearly, and love yourself. Depression is an adversity, but you can prevail over it. You'll beat it soon!

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Karen Lange and Overcoming Hardship

Imagine you wake up everyday feeling sleepless. You only got about two hours of sleep last night. The walls feel as though they are closing in on you slowly. During the day, anger and frustration boil in your head. When you finally make it home, you cry until you fall asleep.

This sense of dread is similar to that of anxiety and depression diagnosed Karen Lange. Lange has the constant problem of not knowing what to, known for being clueless. She solved this by taking antidepressants and therapy, which actually helped her cope. For a short while. Not all the problems were solved.

She realized eventually she had to discover and redo what she used to love. She has now found purpose and satisfaction in her life, which helped solve her depression problem immensely. She takes sleeping aids and other medications to keep her stable with anxiety.

Her support from others helped her rediscover outlets for what she loves. Lange tells those struggling with anxiety and depression to always face adversities with a confident heart, and open eyes. Try new things, and love and appreciate the things you find that suit you. Never give up.

"Getting help for your problems is not a sign of weakness; it is a showing of strength."

- Karen Lange

Anxiety and Depression

Are you depressed? No, not just sad. Have you ever felt so hopeless, that you think nothing good will ever come to you? Have you ever had suicidal thoughts? If you answer no, then it appears you have the commonplace case of the blues. Depression is something that is hard to overcome. Yet commonly, it is associated and represented by its cousin, anxiety.

These two disorders are very different. They are alike in the sense of making you feel drained and fatigued. Both can also cause the other to start and react, depression causing anxiety and anxiety causing depression. They are both serious mood disorders, and can affect the mindset of a daily human. They often share symptoms, like drowsiness and the constant feeling of being paranoid.

Yet they differ due to the fact that anxiety is mostly worrying about the future, and all the mistakes you could make. You often feel like running away from responsibilities and problems. However, depression is when you feel empty and sorrowful, like a broken toy that cannot be fixed. You could ponder over ending life due to the negative future you envision for yourself. Depression gives you a lack of energy, and unlike anxiety, you want to stay in one place, tired and sad. Anxiety actually does the opposite, making you full of energy and shaking, sweating, and moving around constantly.

Although they are different, the best part is that they both have the ability to recover with a certain amount of time and treatment.


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