Depression is not easy on many levels, it isn’t easy to diagnose and it isn’t something that is easy to cure, there is no magic pill that can make it go away instantly. It is something that progresses over time, building until it forces you to take notice; it is a silent illness, one that doesn’t present itself until it has taken hold, wormed its way into your mind and body and taken hold of who you are and restricting your future plans.
It is one of those illnesses that you can hide to a certain extent, you can pretend that you are doing fine when your insides are screaming out in pain and sadness.
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Why Depression Is Not Easy To Beat
The problem with depression is the differences that it can present in different people, it affects people in different ways and how severe it becomes can depend on a number of different factors that are difficult to determine. This makes diagnosing depression difficult in the first place, after all, you have to seek help and talk about your feelings and this isn’t easy, making diagnosing the illness difficult.
Once you have that diagnosis of depression, it doesn’t make the feelings and the illness any easier to deal with, but it is a starting point, a place to move forward from and start heading in the right direction.
The most important thing you must realize is that there is no easy fix, it is going to take time and patience to see this through, not just for the person suffering but their family too; depression does affect everyone in the home, it can make for stressful moments with the whole household and it isn’t the fault of the person who is suffering, but sometimes their actions can cause friction.
While the person suffering from depression receives treatment, the family has to deal with often difficult situations and this pressure isn’t always easy on the rest of the family.
I think this is one reason why many people try to hide the symptoms and refuse to get the help they need because of the pressure it puts on other family members.
The stigma of having a mental illness causes many people from feeling afraid to seek help, it might even impact their choice in careers; that is difficult, admitting an illness and being refused the career you want and dreamed of and because of an illness and this being taken away is real.
Getting The Support You Need
It is important that you do get the support you need from the medical profession as well as from those people around you. It isn’t easy seeing a family member going through depression, it also isn’t easy being that person suffering from depression.
The problem with depression is the negative circle it creates, you feel low and upset, you don’t move or do anything you need to, when you are hungry you pick convenience foods that add to the negativity you are feeling. This cycle continues until you manage to change something and break the negative cycle.
What I found the most difficult to understand was the need to change, the old me lead me down the road to depression and so there was no going back to that old self, I had to change, I had to make a new direction for me to travel in and I needed to do this in order for me to see the road to recovery.
This area is where I fought the most, how could I change, what was wrong with the old me? I thought I needed a new me, but those changes happened gradually and sometimes I look at how far I have come and how much I have changed that I realize this process takes time and it is the little things that can and will make the biggest differences.
- Depression is not easy to beat, it is going to take time to feel well.
- Seeking help not just from medical professions but from friends and family too.
- Learning to break the cycle and taking positive steps towards a brighter future.
- Dealing with the stigma surrounding mental illness is difficult but not impossible.
- Learning to manage the symptoms and feelings.
It isn’t easy moving forward with depression, you have to learn to manage those symptoms, it is not about coping, but taking control and actually managing the symptoms and knowing ways in which you take control rather than your depression.
I learned in counselling not to use the word coping, this doesn’t put you in control and it has stayed with me for years, I even correct myself when I say I am coping with something!
I found this technique during counselling and it helped.
Dealing with depression is not easy, it is a constant battle, I have lived with it for years and I have seen the ups and the downs of this illness. I have lived through the pain that it causes me, yet not having any visible scars or injuries it is hard not to just smile through the pain and pretend that everything is OK, while you feel like hiding in a corner, never being found!
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, some days it is closer than others, but knowing it is there helps you get through the difficult days. Depression is not easy, it is not an illness that disappears, it is about working through those emotions and dealing with those thoughts that you suppress, heading in the right direction, managing your illness and moving forward with your life.
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I wrote this article to help people feel happy, by coping what happy people do can help you feel happy! 10 Things Happy People Do Daily