On April 10, I was talking to a “friend” and this “friend” asked me where have I been. I do what I do best, made a sarcastic joke. I told this “friend” I have been having an intense duel with DD that included mix martial arts, and samurai swords and that I even consider seppuku a few times. When this “friend” ask me who DD was and I said Depression, my “friend” laughed in my face. I mean a full blown belly laugh, and said that “Depression is not all that bad. You are just making it out to be something it is not. Stop being so dramatic”. I learned 2 things that day: 1, my “friend” wasn’t really my friend (I mean, come on, I consider seppuku), and 2, this is how people perceive Depression.
So, listen up, follow along. I am going to break it down for you as much as I can. From the prospective of someone who has Severe Depression, or whom I commonly call DD.
TYPES OF DEPRESSION – Definitions
There are many types of Depression, but we are going to talk about the 4 (of the 6) common types of depression (according to Harvard Health Publications).
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS (according to National Institute of Mental Health)
Now, one thing to remember is that not everybody experience signs/symptoms. Some may experience one or two while othis may experience several. Also, “The severity and frequency of symptoms and how long they last will vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness. Symptoms may also vary depending on the stage of the illness” (NIMH).
If you have been experienced any of the signs/symptoms (below) for a full day, almost every day, for about 2 weeks, then you could be suffering from Depression:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
- Decreased energy or fatigueMoving or talking more slowly
- Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight changes
- Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
- Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment
Is there a way to fight Depression? Yes! Some do it with medication, some do it with therapy or some combination of the two. I won’t go to much into detail about this because I am still learning about both. Trying to find out what is the best method and for whom it’s best for. But, I do want you to know that there is a way to fight it.