Depression, as shared by writer and Agent For Change Chris Nesemeier:
Have you ever felt so alone you find yourself entering a state of mind where you do not know what to do with yourself anymore? Depression often can have this effect. The feelings of depression can be so overwhelming one begins to question whether this life is truly worth living. Naturally, those who look from the outside cannot truly see what demons are being fought on the inside, yet they feel as though they know what it is like. Everyone fights these battles mentally; however, for some, the battle wages on every day. Slowly but surely the will to fight dwindles away, leaving a person feeling broken and alone. Depression in itself is a very misunderstood illness that affects people all around the world and how it is treated is controversial at best.
Depression in its earliest stages tends to present itself in a manner of denial and anger. Therapy and anti-depressants are not always a remedy for depression; in fact, using anti-depressants often will worsen a person’s mental state giving them conscious thoughts of suicide. Every person, as an individual, physically and mentally copes with their feelings differently. Ultimately, people may resolve issues in a similar manner as others, but overall it is unique to the person. Therapy serves as a stepping-stone for those who attend. Being happy falls to the eye of the beholder. While others may help as guides to the path of happiness, the choice to walk down it is for person to make on his/her own.
In a like manner, many people feel that depression is a state feeling; depression is actually an illness, more so than an emotion. The initial stage of depression is being sad for a brief amount of time; however, if the person is beyond this stage depression can then cause a depressed mood, poor concentration, insomnia, fatigue, appetite disturbances, excessive guilt/thoughts of suicide, and self-harm. Once a person goes through these symptoms, depression has developed past a state feeling and into a mental illness. Perhaps the best treatment for depression is convincing the person that there is still hope. It might sound cliche, but it is true. Once a person has lost hope, they lose the will to fight, leaving depression to consume him/her.
There are no limitations to those who are affected by depression. Statistically, about five to eight percent of adults are affected by depression a year, which is roughly 25 million people. Regardless, not only adults are within its grasp. Depression also affects men, women, veterans, cultural groups, GLBT, children and adolescents, and senior citizens. Therefore, depression is an unbiased illness. Depression can also be a seasonal illness. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a disorder where people who are generally happy throughout the year can experience depression during the winter or summer.
Depression is not only a very powerful illness, but it is an illness that commonly affects people all over the world. With that in mind, when encountering a person who seems upset, strike a conversation or shoot them a smile because it just might save their life. While therapy and anti-depressants might aid some with depression, it is not necessarily the only cure for it. I know firsthand depression can feel like drowning in the depths of despair, because I suffer from depression as well. Depression does not need to be fought alone. Sometimes just another person is needed to help hold up the soul, when the mind can feel it slipping away.