“In 10 years, depression will be the leading cause of death, beating out cancer, stroke, accidents and war.” What is depression? Is it your mood at times, is it an emotion, is it a feeling? People don’t understand what depression is, they don’t seem to comprehend the effects it has, its causes or symptoms. Clinical depression goes by many names — depression, “the blues,” biological depression, major depression. But it all refers to the same thing the same feeling, feeling sad and depressed for weeks or months on end (not just a passing blue mood). This feeling is most often accompanied by feelings of hopelessness, a lack of energy or feeling “weighed down”, and taking little or no pleasure in things that gave you joy in the past. A person who’s depressed just “can’t get moving” and feels completely unmotivated to do just about anything. Even simple things — like getting dressed in the morning or eating — become large obstacles in daily life. 121 million people around the world suffer from depression. That could be your best friend, your mom or your teacher. Society puts that much pressure on people to the extent that if you are not sad enough or ill enough, your symptoms and conditions are irrelevant. They have everything, the grades, the body, the family, the friends, the wealth… why are they depressed? They don’t live in war zones, they haven’t lost someone, they haven’t gone through a tragedy, so why are they depressed? Life is not worth that, they should discard their feelings, their emotions, be thankful, push their way through school, get a job, get married, have kids and live on. Is it only our society, the one that is so attached to the concept of being successful and measures it by our degree to the extent that they discard anything that has to do with emotional and mental well being? Is that why we don’t really realize what depression is? Is that why we discard it, make fun of it, seem to think that is merely a phase, think than the people who are diagnosed are just not able to cope with all the pressure so they are finding an excuse, a coping method, a way to pause it. Do we think they are just convincing themselves they have depression?
The number of people diagnosed of depression increases by 20% every year.
I don’t think you understand what is going on, I don’t think anyone does and its not your fault. It’s society’s, the community’s, the world’s. They just don’t emphasize depression, they don’t know what it is, they don’t understand it, and they don’t expect you to. They don’t want to comprehend it, because they don’t want to deal with it. But you need to. You need to understand what depression is, because depression is not just a teenager feeling lost and cutting, depression is not an adult having marriage problems. It is more than that. It is a disorder with real symptoms, real causes, and real effects, which affect real people. People you know, people you deal with everyday, people who have lost hope, yet we don’t seem to understand the severity of depression until we go through it. Other than that, it seems like people are just complaining and being lazy. What people need to understand is that it is a disorder, one of many psychiatric disorders that people tend to overlook, discard, or make fun of. People tend to think that psychiatry and psychology are soft sciences that deal with insignificant issues that don’t relate to the tangible physical world, but in reality they are not. These disorders that are identified by psychiatry and psychology are real disorders that are diagnosable and do play a great role in our lives. People always need to take into consideration such disorders and realize their significance especially when they are dealing with people in their community, you may think that depression is insignificant, but someone sitting right next you is suffering from such said insignificant problem, and you mouthing out your thoughts out loud to them, might even make them more depressed.
Not only do we need to put emphasis on the severity of depression and other disorders, we also need to stress on the importance of being aware of what we say about such disorders because for all we know, we might be worsening them, and this is no joke. If you still aren’t that fully convinced and believe that psychiatric disorders are so insignificant and we shouldn’t read that much into them and you are so keen on physiological diseases, than you should really understand that psychiatric diseases breed physiological ones, and even if they don’t, people still suffer, daily. So next time, be aware of your words, you never know who’s listening and what they are going through.