Some people believe that depression is merely the blues, or feeling blah, and thinking negatively. These same people will often be the ones to suggest that if you think more positively or just get outside or exercise it will improve.
Depression is a chemical reaction and disturbance in your brain that can’t be shaken away with a few positive thoughts or sweaty exercises.
Even if the depression is the natural result of illness, trauma, or any toxic occurrence the brain has been chemically changed. It’s never in the person’s imagination or because of their attitude!
Depression is real and it hurts like a bitch.
Unlike an image that went around the web a while ago which showed depression as feeling like watching paint dry, depression is much more aggressive, damaging, and just as painful as anything physical injury.
Depression changes the way you think which in turn affects how you feel.
Here are some REAL symptoms and examples of depression and how it looks in real life;
- An apathy that can be so overwhelming that the person can’t roll over in bed or get up to go to the bathroom.
- Constant feelings of immense doom.
- Periods of severe agitation and anger.
- Periods of extreme exhaustion and weakness.
- An underlying, persistent, and severe, self-hatred.
- Constant overwhelming guilt.
- A gut-wrenching sadness that can’t be relieved.
- A tremendous fear of having to continue to live like this and an overbearing fear of death at the same time.
- Physical pains of many kinds.
- Oversleeping and insomnia.
- Overeating and not being able to eat.
- Crying that won’t stop and feels as if one’s soul is broken.
- Immense feelings of abandonment and loneliness.
- Extreme ruminating.
- Not being able to stop damaging thought-cycles.
- Unreal perceptions of doom, rejection, and paranoia.
Despite all of the above, in atypical depression, there may be moments of being okay, like laughing at a joke from a friend. If a depressed person experiences breakthroughs like this it does not mean they are faking it or are all better.
Depressed people aren’t selfish, or self-centered, they’re sick. And sick of being sick.
Depression is real; it’s like having a virus inside you that is continually pumping its venom through you, and it won’t retreat.
Of course, there are many other symptoms that can be attributed to depression, but above are listed some of the lesser-acknowledged ones.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t ignore them thinking that they will go away. Get them help.
Because depression is a killer, literally.