About Depression

Feeling sad,tearful,empty or hopeless? You just may suffer from depression. First I will list some symptoms that I have found, then give my own spin on this disorder.

  • Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports

  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much

  • Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take the extra effort

  • Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain

  • Anxiety, agitation or restlessness

  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements

  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame

  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things

  • Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide

  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

Depression can really impact a person’s life. It can literally sideline them from doing activities that were once really enjoyable. It can also make it extremely difficult to work. You just feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders.

Depression is treatable though! This is not where I’ll say that you should “toughen up” or whatever phrase other people might have said to you. We have a chemical imbalance within our brains, so we handle situations in a completely different way. Even if we decide to stay in bed all day long, that is fine!

We need to take baby steps, in order to get better. If you really think you need more professional help: call your doctor and schedule an appointment to take over the symptoms you are feeling. If that scares you, talk to a trusted friend, that could help you out. They can help you break out of your shell and see the good in life. Go grab a cup of coffee with them, or just take a stroll in the park. Or you can just text/call them, as mentioned above.

If you are thinking about taking medications, in order to help, that’s great! I will let you know that it can be a long road, but do not lose sight of your goals of getting better! The long road being; trying different medications until you find the right one, or a combination, to lessen the symptoms enough to get you up and running!

Try new things within your day:

  • Coloring

  • Reading a book to escape life for a little.

  • Calling a friend.

  • Take a walk around or just sit outside your house.

  • Aromatherapy is great! Light up some of your favorite candles.

  • Take a bubble bath or shower.

  • Look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that everything will be okay.

You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.

You can reach the Crisis Text Line 24/7 by texting “START” to 741-741.

You can call The Trevor Project, an LGBT crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline, 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386.

You’re not alone in this fight! I am more than happy to help, or listen to you vent away. This is the point of my blog. To help others, and to share my experiences with mental health issues! We are not invisible at all, and we will be heard, loudly!

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