IT COULD BE ANXIETY, NOT DEPRESSION
This is in reference to Bikram Vohra’s write up on ‘Depression is fast becoming a self indulgent cop-out’. I wonder if there is an undue emphasis on depression these days. Many temporary mental conditions are grouped and labelled depression, and appallingly even kids are not spared from such labels. Going through the vicissitudes of life, at times, people do face depressing situations, and sometimes it takes an awful lot of time to tide over the difficulties. However, such temporary phases of life cannot be called depression. Seeking medical help for a state of mind, which is transient, has become so common. And that’s despite the fact that there are no clear-cut indications for depression as such. This paves way to undue stress, exploitation, and inappropriate use of drugs that eventually harm the health of an individual. Being self-aware helps. One should introspect what one actually needs. A timely guidance from a friend or practice of gratefulness for the existing blessings help a great deal in solving mind matters. I think calling an anxious or restless state of mind depression is more often than not much ado about nothing.