In order to solve any problem, we need first to identify it and then, know more about it. The same rule applies to Depression.
According to the Cambridge English Dictionary.
1- Depression: the state of feeling very unhappy and without hope for the future.
2- Depression: a mental illness in which a person is very unhappy and anxious (=worried and nervous) for long periods and cannot have a normal life during these periods.
The American Psychiatric Association defines depression as “the cause of feeling sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed”.
And according to Urban Dictionary; when you’ve felt like the world has been against you for so long, that you’ve become numb to everything.
For the sake of not repeating everything online or not just copy and paste all the definitions from what it is depression I’ll say that there is something common in all the definitions, and that is the “low state feeling”. Under the influence of anxiety and depression, we feel like we don’t have any worth to others and ourselves.
We recognize sadness when we see it, and this is one of the major signs of depression. More than sadness when we are in a depressive state it affects our way of feeling, thinking and how we act and interact in social situations, that’s why it is considered a mental disorder.
To better understand what is and how to fight against depression.
Let’s list some of the most known signs of depression.
* Desire to suicide
* Eating disorder (loss of appetite or overeating)
* Lack of focus
We all can agree that the most powerful sign from this list is the desire to suicide. When you are feeling like taking a risk that put your life in danger for the sole reason of taking that risk not valuing or acknowledging that your life is worth more than losing it, you can be almost sure that you are depressed.
Thank God that there are treatments, supplements, information, psychological expertise, and even food and communities to help you in your fight against depression.
My advice to you is to seek out help, move and do something about to fix it, but don’t keep fighting this feeling alone, because there are a lot of people that don’t want to see you in this situation, including me!