We go through the day with enthusiasm, all eager to achieve and make something of ourselves. Smiles and good cheer, charisma and effort. When the day ends though and the shoes come off, the exhaustion is gratifying.
This however may not be the case for a number of people.
It may all be a façade, covering a sinister darkness that creeps up into the mind slowly. A darkness that you can’t really seem to shake off and so you will still put on your shoes in the morning and face the day. Interactions that might end up draining you and washing you out before noon.
Are there times when you can’t really bring yourself to get out of bed? Not because you are sleepy or anything, you can’t get out because you feel stuck. Maybe this has affected your sleep patterns, your feeding habits and you are constantly tired. Chances are, you are depressed.
The problem with dealing with depression is, it is easily dismissed as:
- A white people problem or
- A rich people problem.
“I can’t afford to be depressed, I am not rich enough.” With that, the issue is dismissed and we are back to the emptiness.
However, this is not necessarily just a rich people problem. Depression affects any and every one. The problem comes in where due to the priority we have placed on economic empowerment over good health (understandably so), the better cushioned (financially) tend to be the ones privileged enough to seek out help. It is a sad state of affairs that we have to use the term ‘privilege’ in reference to access to healthcare.
Depression affects even your productivity at the work place. It affects your relationships. It affects the various spheres in your life in a manner that leaves you almost weakened. The furtherance of this manifests as physical illness. Headaches, chest pains, poor appetite, you name it. It is important to realise that this is a psychological illness which happens to trickle to your physical being thus making it even more lethal.
So, you are depressed what next?
Reaching out for help is obviously the hardest especially since most of the time this is met with dismissal and laughs here and there. Others might actually say you are being dramatic and acting out for attention. Still, seek help. One of the easiest ways is by talking to someone. Share what you feel and let it all out. If this may seem a little hard, journalise. It has been shown that writing down your thoughts does help ease the burden.
Pull yourself together and if you believe in a higher being, pray. The power in releasing these negative energies to a higher being’s control brings a measure of peace. Finally, seek positivity. Avoid negative people and where this can’t be done, erect a wall of positivity around yourself.
Let’s all be a bit more open to discussing mental health issues.