Depression is one of the most common mental health ailments; millions of people suffer from depression all over the world. 


However, yet, not many actually know what depression is really like.


People often confuse it with a ‘persistent feeling of sadness’ or ‘feeling low’ or something similar. They cannot be farther from the truth. Depression is a lot more than that. It is a clinical condition where the chemistry of the brain is altered and it is accompanied by a wide variety of complex symptoms that vary from person to person. 


So, what does depression really look like? 


Here are some points that you must know about depression to truly understand it – 


  • You will not always ‘see’ depression 


Often people around you, who are suffering from depression, might not really show it or talk about it or even show the ‘common signs’. They might seem fairly ‘normal’ and not appear to be ‘sad or depressed’ at all times. They might be fighting with depression (and, the barrage of problems that come with it) all alone while putting on a brave front. 


  • It is different for everyone 

Some people might go through their daily routine as usual while battling depression; on the other hand, depression might make it difficult for some to even get out of bed or brush their teeth or take a bath. It is different for everyone. 


  • It is often a combination of sadness and helplessness 

Yes, most people experience a feeling of sadness when they are suffering from depression; however, a higher percentage of people claim that depression is more a feeling of ‘helplessness’ than just plain sadness. They want to do something about it but they are unable to do anything because of their depression. It fuels helplessness.  


  • Nobody is faking depression 

Depression, hundreds of studies have found, alters brain chemistry. It is a clinical condition that requires medical attention. A combination of therapy, medication, and other things will be able to fix it. Nobody is faking their depression; it is a very complex mental health problem that they are experiencing. And, they cannot just ‘get over it’ in a few days.


Signs that you may be depressed 


Here are some signs to look out for if you think that you may be depressed – 


  • Loss of interest in things and life, in general 
  • A persistently negative, hopeless outlook 
  • Fatigue and tiredness 
  • Irritability and overtly emotional 
  • Loss of appetite (or, increased hunger)
  • Change in sleeping patterns 

When to consult a therapist?


Consulting with a qualified therapist is one of the best ways to get on track to recovery. A therapist can provide you with the best combination of therapy, medication, and self-care practices that will help you recover faster. 


If you have tried different things (like, talking to friends and family or indulging in self-care) and it hasn’t worked out yet, then it is time for you to consult a therapist. Take charge of your health, and don’t shy away from seeking help when you need it the most. 


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