WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION
Depression is a very common problem. Many people feel helpless, sad, lonely, hopeless, and think that nothing can help. People suffering from depression blame themselves for everything that happens and do not think that they are suffering from a disease. As a result, they don’t think they have a problem which has a solution and they do not seek help.
- Depression is not something you start, it is not your fault.
- Your depression is not a sign of personal weakness or inability to cope. Depression is an illness.
- Depression is not simply a state from which you can get out, just because you want to or because you have the willpower.
- There is medication that can help.
- Cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy can help.
Depression is affecting us in many ways. These are symptoms of depression:
- How we feel: sad, guilty, angry, alone (even if we are in the company of other people), angry and easily irritable even by minor problems, crying a lot or being unable to cry when faced with a really sad or painful event, we lose our interest or pleasure in doing things.
- How our bodies react: tired, feeling bad especially during a certain time of day (usually morning), increase or decrease in weight, difficulty falling asleep.
- How we think: we lose confidence in ourselves, expect the worst, we have no hope, we are pessimistic, we concentrate hard, and we have problems with memory.
- How we behave: we have difficulty making decisions, we can not do simple things that once seemed easy, we no longer do things that once made us happy, cry often, prefer not to do things or avoid getting involved in various activities.