Saturday, April 8, 2017

Understanding Depression

2 days ago (7th April) was World Health Day and WHO's theme for this year was Depression. Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act.

Depression is more than just feeling "down". It caused feelings of intense sadness --including feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless-- last for many days to weeks and keep you from functioning normally. Depression is not simply a temporary change in mood or a sign of weakness.

Depression is not a JOKE. It isn’t fun to have, nor is it funny.

If you’re living with it, or supporting someone through it, day-to-day life can be very tough indeed. A constant battle against the darkness. Depression is an everyday battle, and more people need to be aware about it.

I’ve lived it. I've felt it. And I stand by those who are living it too.

I have struggled with depression and I could honestly say that it was not easy. However, depression is not something to be ashamed of. Besides, telling a bunch of people that I struggle with depression just doesn’t sound fun too. You know, the stigma. 

So with this, I hope people think carefully next time when they want to make a joke, it might hurtful to someone. With compassion, with empathy and in sincere solidarity we can understanding Depression. Although depression is a cruel and isolating illness, if you’re living with it, you are by no means alone. People across the globe are facing similar struggles to you.