The other side of de­pres­sion

Sun.Star Davao - - OPINION -

It’s sad that peo­ple only be­come in­ter­ested about cer­tain is­sues when it al­ready in­volves celebri­ties or their fam­i­lies.

Just re­cently, peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly ne­ti­zens, talked about the sui­cide of an ac­tress’s brother. The al­leged cause of which is de­pres­sion.

And only then that peo­ple search the rea­son of de­pres­sion and how it can be pre­vented or treated.

Some peo­ple who, due to ig­no­rance on the sub­ject mat­ter, con­clude that only cow­ards com­mit sui­cide, dis­re­gard­ing the fact about the real is­sue on de­pres­sion.

In psy­chi­a­, the web­site of the Amer­i­can Psy­chi­atric As­so­ci­a­tion (APA), de­pres­sion is de­fined as a ma­jor de­pres­sive dis­or­der, a com­mon and se­ri­ous med­i­cal illnes that neg­a­tively af­fects how one feels, the way one thinks and how one acts.

It adds that de­pres­sion is dif­fer­ent from sad­ness as the lat­ter in­volves prece­dent in­ci­dent that causes the feel­ing of sad­ness, like a loss of a loved one, a breakup of a re­la­tion­ship, los­ing a job, among oth­ers. It also says that sad­ness is present and nat­u­ral in griev­ing process.

What dif­fers sad­ness from de­pres­sion is that in de­pres­sion, in­ter­est or mood is de­creased in con­stant man­ner, un­like when one is just feel­ing sad when his in­ter­est or mood comes in waves; mean­ing the feel­ing of lack of in­ter­est or not in the mood is not all the time present. When sad, one’s self-es­teem is still present, un­like in de­pres­sion when one con­stantly feels un­wor­thi­ness and self-loathing.

How­ever, it also adds, that los­ing a loved one, los­ing a job or be­ing a vic­tim of phys­i­cal abuse could re­sult to de­pres­sion.

Other fac­tors that can con­trib­ute to de­pres­sion, it adds, are bio­chem­istry, in­volv­ing chem­i­cals in our brains, ge­net­ics (it could run in fam­i­lies), per­son­al­ity (those who have lower self-es­teem or are gen­er­ally pes­simistic have higher risk for de­pres­sion) and en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tor.

How­ever, it also adds that de­pres­sion can af­fect any­one, even to those peo­ple who you think is least likely to be af­flicted with it. The good news, how­ever, is that de­pres­sion is highly treat­able.

All of these facts only sug­gest that con­cern and at­ten­tive­ness is the key to preven­tion of los­ing some­one due to de­pres­sion.

Sav­ing a life that may be lost due to de­pres­sion in­volves ev­ery­one’s con­cern. When you ob­serve any one in your midst who is show­ing symp­toms of de­pres­sion, take him or her to a proper health pro­fes­sional.

And if you think you are the one who is fight­ing bouts of de­pres­sion, then seek pro­fes­sional help, im­me­di­ately.

By be­ing con­cerned and at­ten­tive, you don’t know the life you save might be your loved one’s or even your own.

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