By: Daphine Reyes
Everyone has a dark side and everyone has a story, people aren’t always who they appear to be on the outside.
What is Depression?
Depression is a mental condition characterized by feelings of severe despondency and dejection, typically also with feelings of inadequacy and guilt, often accompanied by lack of energy and disturbance of appetite and sleep. So in other words, depression is the feeling of sadness and loneliness. It causes you to lose interest in everything, and ranges of emotional and physical conditions. These conditions include lack of, sleep, concentration, and energy. Not only that, but also change in appetite and thoughts of suicide are also seen. Depression is also considered as a brain disorder that can lead to much emotional anguish.
Effect on Depression
Depression can cause you to do many things. It can cause you to have a self harming issue, eating disorder, bulimia, and a bipolar disorder. "There were times I felt so anxious, almost like I was crawling out of my skin, that if I didn't do something physical to match the way I felt inside, I would explode, I cut myself to take my mind off that. I just didn't care what happened. I had no fear.”- Demi Lovato. Demi Lovato is a very talented singer-songwriter who always has a smile on her face. Throughout her childhood, she went through major depression. “I've spent the past two years getting over an eating disorder and issues like self-harming and bipolar disorder. Unlike a person who doesn't have these problems, I have to work on this stuff every day. I'm reminded of that whenever I eat or feel down," Demi tells the August issue of Self in a candid new interview. Until this day, she is still battling with depression, she’s an inspiration because she uses her story to show people that what she did is not the right path to deal with depression. This is something that can happen to anyone, even celebrities. Depression can affect poor coping skills, anxiety, and social isolation. It can also cause pain especially headaches and stomach pain, attempts to self medicate with drugs or alcohol, rejection at school or work, suicide, family and marital problems, self-mutilation, and premature death in medical conditions. Not only that, but depression also affects your body. It can affect your nervous system, digestive system, cardiovascular and immune system.
What Causes Depression?
The exact cause of depression is unknown, but there are often things that are linked to its development. Depression, usually results from a combination of recent activities. Complicated life events, for example unemployment, living in an abusive or uncaring relationship, isolation or loneliness, or stress at work/school can cause depression. Not only that, but personal factors like family history, personality, serious medical illness, or drug and alcohol use can all cause and influence depression. “It was that loneliness you get when you’re sad and it’s the middle of the night, and even though you have family and friends to call, it’s hard to pick up the phone,” Lovato told Cosmo for Latinas. “I believe that bullying, being alone, and not having enough attention from friends, family, or even parents are what help depression increase.” -Leslie Galvan, Freshman. Not only that, but depression can occur because of genetics. That means that if you’ve had a family member deal with depression, then there could be a higher chance for you to deal with depression. Some other life events that could link to depression is childhood trauma, seeing something life-changing and scary, being abused or assaulted ,a serious car or other accident, or also being diagnosed with a life-threatening condition. There are many causes that are linked to dealing with depression.
Ways to get help
Some ways that you could get help if you are dealing with depression is to talk to someone about how you feel. It may not be easy but there is always someone who can help you. You can also try to be active, that way it helps you forget about everything in your life and helps clear your mind. It would help if you set small goals, it makes you feel like there is a purpose and reduces suicidal thoughts. “ People can get help by talking to friends, parents, or a counselor to make them know that others care for them, they can start off by slowly opening up about their feelings.”- Leslie Galvan.
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