What is DEPRESSION? _____ “Let’s encourage people to talk.”

Posted June 17, 2020 from India

We all feel sad from time to time. But when this sadness never seems to fade away, it might be a symptom of depression. Knowing how to spot depression can help protect you and your loved ones. With early detection, you can beat the blues.

Depression is a medical condition that affects how people think and behave, and the way they feel and function. More than feeling down or being sad, depression may affect a person's interest in activities, work and quality of life. It can happen to anyone.

Depression commonly happens to adults who find difficulty coping with certain life stressors. Relationship issues, marital woes, financial difficulties, unemployment, life-threatening or chronic illness, lack of social support, loss of a loved one, or even personality can make a person prone to depression. Beyond just sadness, depression interferes with how you engage with people and day-to-day life.

You may be suffering from depression if you experience five or more of these symptoms every day for two weeks or longer. The acronym “SAD CAGES” can help you better remember these symptoms:

  • S – Sleep disturbances
  • A – Appetite change
  • D – Depressed mood of feelings of sadness over a sustained period of time
  • C – Concentration problems
  • A – Anhedonia: Loss of interest in enjoyable activities
  • G – Guilt or shame
  • E – Energy and enthusiasm low
  • S – Suicidal thoughts due to feelings of helplessness and hopelessness

Smiling Depression

It refers to an atypical form of depression wherein a person appears happy and content to others while internally suffering with depressive symptoms. Someone can be smiling and functioning normally, and at the same time be depressed. So, it often goes undetected.

Risk Factors for Depression

Challenging life events can increase your risk of depression especially when you find it difficult to cope with them. Some of the life stressors that can increase the risk of depression may include:

  • Relationship problems
  • Financial difficulties
  • Physical illnesses
  • Unemployment
  • Lack of support
  • Loss of a loved one

Managing Depression

You can keep depression at bay by making a few lifestyle adjustments and taking active steps to improve and manage your mood. Because your mood is influenced by your thoughts and actions, it's a good idea to pursue activities that you enjoy so as to lift your mood.

Some of these activities can include:

  • Spending time with friends and having fun.
  • Making time to relax and enjoy yourself.
  • Taking care of your physical health, such as engaging in a physical activity you enjoy, eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep.
  • Organizing your time so you feel in control.
  • Finding things to laugh about.
  • Sharing your feelings with others, or writing them down in a journal to help clear your thoughts.
  • Pursuing activities that you enjoy and are interested in.
  • Learning ways to manage stress effectively.
  • Focusing on the things to be grateful for in life.
  • Practicing acts of kindness which also helps to boost positive emotions.

In Females

Depression is nearly twice as common among women as men, according to the Center's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Below are some symptoms of depression that tend to appear more often in females:

  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • mood swings
  • fatigue
  • ruminating (dwelling on negative thoughts)

Also, some types of depression are unique to females, such as:


                                                                         “THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO ENJOY YOUR LIFE

                                                                            TO BE HAPPY—ITS ALL THAT MATTERS.”

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Jun 17
Jun 17

Hello Dear Raziyaa,
Hope your doing fine. Thanks for sharing all about Depression. I really enjoyed reading it. Happiness is all that matters in this life and it cost nothing to be happy.
"Happiness is free".
Keep sharing.
Stay safe.

Jun 21
Jun 21

Thanks for your love.

Urmila Chanam
Jun 18
Jun 18

Dear Raziyaa,
Thank you for this informative article on depression which is such a taboo in India. Few days back a fanous Bollywood actor, Sushant Singh Rajput comitted suicide and the cause is believed to be depression. Depression must be such a lonely and painful trip. Keep writing so we can keep reading and learning from you.
Much love always
Urmila Chanam

Jun 21
Jun 21

Thanks for your Love.

Kamariza Byinshi
Jun 18
Jun 18

on a tous le droit d’être heureux en sachant que la vie est courte alors arrêtons de nous apitoyer sur nos sorts et profitons le moment présent. et je sais que la vie est pleine de surprise ,la seule condition est de rester toujours positif et d’espérer. grand

Jun 18
Jun 18

Thanks so much for sharing .
You are amazing .
Please stay safe out there.
We love you so much.

Jun 21
Jun 21

Thanks for your love.

Anita Shrestha
Jun 18
Jun 18

Thank you for sharing

Jun 21
Jun 21

Thanks for your love.

Thelma obani 2020
Jun 22
Jun 22

To be happy is the most important thing.