This is a question that comes up a lot. When people are depressed, it is often difficult to explain what you are feeling. It is difficult to explain what depression does to someone and how it affects their life.
How to explain your depression?
If you are depressed or diagnosed clinically depressed, you may find yourself in an isolated situation where you do not know how to discuss your illness with someone. It may be difficult to talk to family and friends and you even may find yourself actually isolating yourself away from them. This is unhealthy.
Mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety seem to have a stigma revolving around them. People believe that it’s not really an illness and that you may just be sad or fearful. But for those who have dealt with a mental illness or have witnessed someone battle it, knows this is definitely far from true. Mental illness should receive the same amount of attention as physical illnesses. I am grateful that mental illness is receiving more positive attention in today’s society as it should.
This is why we need to discuss our mental illnesses. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 350 million people suffer from depression worldwide. Within this amount, 16 million US adults have had at least one major depression episode in 2012 (6.9% of the population) which makes it the leading cause of disability.
This is a very hefty amount and needs attention. When I suffered from depression, this is how I would explain it: I was constantly down and had feelings of negativity. My mind was feeding me negative impulses day and night. It felt terrible. I lost my appetite and would sometimes hardly eat. I had difficulty falling asleep and when I did fall asleep, it was difficult to wake up at a proper time. I isolated myself from my family and friends and wanted to always stay in my room. I didn’t like a lot of locomotion and would dislike an atmosphere with numerous people. I felt half empty and lost joy in things I once felt joyful. I lost my motivation to do normal tasks such as clean, exercise, school-work, socialize, and eat. I would constantly tell myself that “life was unfair” and “what’s the point?” In all, depression led me into a massive state of negativity and I did not know how to deal with it.
It was difficult to deal with this alone. I know I needed to seek help but I did not want to admit my mental illness. After months and years of battling this, I started to feel comfortable knowing that I was depressed. Instead of going to the doctor and getting prescribed medication, I started to openly talk about it. After all, it is so common, so what’s the harm in talking about it? I realized that people would like to help my over-all being and its state. That was their best interest. Your family and friends want to help – they will look at it like that, not something that is considered “crazy” or “abnormal”. It is okay not to be okay. Kind, respectful, and intelligent people know this.
I also started to change my lifestyle. I battled these negative thoughts and became optimistic. I realized there are numerous natural ways and remedies to help treat depression. I started to implement exercise, a proper diet, natural supplements, and relaxing activities into my life. Natural supplements helped a lot such as consuming 5-HTP. Read more information on the full benefits of 5-HTP. With talking about my depression and implementing these aspects into my life, I felt better – a lot better. To go from a state of negativity and depression to something that made me feeling even remotely better, felt so good. Now, I am at a state of positivity and it feels that much better. It’s crazy that a little bit of happiness could make someone feel so better. I am still in my journey with this, but I truly believe I am getting better each day. The good thing is once you hit rock bottom, there is only going up from there.
What should you do?
If you find yourself in a state of depression like I did, then fix it. You are in a battle with yourself. You are in a battle with your mind. Your mind is feeding you thoughts of negativity that is taking over your life and making you live an unhealthy lifestyle. You must beat this. Think positively and implement life-style changes. You are good enough. You are capable of achieving happiness.
Most importantly, talk and discuss your mental illness. Realize that it is affecting your life-style and you need to change. If you don’t take action, how will you get better? Again, the people who have your best interest want you to succeed and live happily and healthy. The only way to explain your mental illness is to talk about it. Be open and discuss your feelings. If it is difficult for you to do that, then discuss it with yourself. Make a journal or have a diary. This will also make you feel better.
Realizing and coming to terms with your mental illness while implementing healthy-life style changes such as a proper diet, work, and exercise will make you feel better. Then it is only going up from there. If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to talk, don’t hesitate to comment below. I live to help people and I have had years experience with depression and anxiety.