Depression, Misconceptions and what it actually is.

Depression is a hard thing to describe. It could begin with what feels like a typical bad day where everything seems out to get you, but you get stuck thinking about what you could and should do without being able to gather the energy to do it. This state usually wears off pretty quickly, but sometimes, it can persist for far longer. This is what depression is, a mood disorder that causes someone to feel prolonged sadness and loss of interest. It is not the same as the usual feelings people have from day-to-day. It can be a result of many different factors, including major changes in your life, prolonged stress, or even a medical disorder. It can happen to anyone at any age, and though it may seem invisible, teenage depression is a very real thing that has had terrible effects on many adolescents and young adults.

Sometimes the worst place you can be is in your own head.

The sensation of depression has sometimes been described by some people as an emptiness of emotion that could not be dispelled, or a fog in your mind keeping you from being able to think well. Some people experience it as chains around their neck and chest, restricting your breath. The most common description is not a feeling of sadness, but a lack of emotion entirely. Nothing feels good, and life becomes grey and dull. There is no enjoyment from things that used to feel fun. And motivation for necessary activities like eating and exercising is just gone.

One thing to note is that depression does not have to be severe to be debilitating to those suffering from it. Depression has symptoms that can range from mild to severe, and they can affect your physical health as well as your mental health since they can harm your ability to interact with others, handle stress, or even take care of yourself.

There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more painful than anything that bleeds.

Although professional help cannot be replaced, there are some ways for people to cope and possibly reduce the symptoms. Exercising regularly can create positive emotions and improves the mood, even if it is only a walk outside. Getting enough sleep and eating healthy food can help your body regulate hormones better, and avoiding alcohol is greatly recommended, as it is a depressant.

For anyone who is feeling down, or relates to any part of this article, I hope you can get better. I know that we are going through hard times, and even if nothing seems to go your way, remember that there are always people who care about you, and there are always people who are willing to help if only you can take the first step.


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