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Depression: Understand what’s going on

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Depression vs. Sadness

Depression is more than just feeling upset or sad –  it is a state of low mood or loss of interest (in activities) that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being.. It rains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to do or cope with day-to-day living.

Although depression is often thought of as being in an extreme state of sadness, there is a wide difference between clinical depression and sadness. Sadness is part of being human, we feel sad whenever we encounter painful situations. Depression, it is a physical illness. A person with clinical depression may experience many more symptoms than having an unhappy mood and often finds no logical reason for his feelings.

Sadness is a temporal feeling that can be overcame once the problem has been resolved while depression lingers for weeks, months or even years. When we feel sad most of the time we can still cope with living but if a person is clinically depressed, he may feel overwhelmed and hopeless. Often described with words like “helplessness”, “abandonment”, or “feeling worthless”. A person may feel a complete lack of meaning in their life or no sense of purpose which in some cases lead to drug addiction, eating disorder or suicide.

How can you tell if a person is depressed?

  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself when things aren’t going right
  • Reduced sex drive, tiredness, loss of energy
  • Appetite change –  depression often causes decreased appetite and weight loss, but in some people it causes
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things

What can you do?

Talk to a friend/family
If you’re facing a crisis, take the time to tell someone about it. Talking to a friend, a family member or someone you trust may help you to manage your feelings and help process what you’re going through. 

Try to accomplish your ADL (activities of daily living)
Eating regularly, getting enough sleep, taking a bath, or doing exercise can help divert your attention and at the same time keep you from getting sick.

Try other activities
DISTRACTIONS. You need something that will not take up too much time, but long enough to refresh your mind. I suggest you try something that will get you moving. Physical activity helps to bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins (aka ‘happy hormones’).

Get professional help
If all else fails, it’s time to seek professional help.

When to see a doctor?

If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of depression (FRAILT),  make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as you can. Depression symptoms may not get better on their own — and remember, depression may get worse if it isn’t treated. Untreated depression can lead to other mental and physical health problems or problems in other areas of your life.

INFORMATION AND CRISIS INTERVENTION CENTER (ICIC) hotlines at:

Website: http://ngf-hope.org/contact-us/
Telephone No.: (02) 804-HOPE (4673)
0917 558 HOPE (4673) / (02) 211 4550
0917 852 HOPE (4673)/ (02) 964 6876
0917 842 HOPE (4673)/ (02) 964 4084

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