Okey, I have to admit to the fact that I’ve been pushing this infront of me for a long time now. Should have written about it ages ago, but I’m doing it now, only for you guys…
We’re talking about depression here, so here goes. I don’t claim to be an expert, but I am self-taught, so…
The basic symptoms of depression would be stuff like:
- feeling down, alot
- anxiety and/or panicattacks
- eating too much or far too little
- not being able to sleep
- drastic change in moods. Feeling aggressive/irritated without really knowing why
- not being able to concentrate
There are plenty more, but you get the point.
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Now, I think that the biggest misconception about depression is that there has to be a cause. That something has to be wrong in school or at work, at home, or romantically. Wrongwrongwrong!
It doesn’t have to be. If you’ve been feeling a bit down lately, sure it’s a good place to start, but don’t stress yourself out with trying to find a reason. It could be psysical, so don’t try to change problems that don’t exist.Of course probems in school, work, romance, etc. might be a catalyst, but they don’t have to be the roots of a depression. From what I’ve gathered, alot of times depression takes it’s roots in the brains production (or rather lack of production ) of the chemicals, ex. seratonin, that makes us feel happy. That’s what drugs, like Prozac help out with, they trick the brain into making more happiness-chemicals.
Problem number 2, I think, is that depression has become a sort of stigma. We like giving the impression of feeling well, even to the extent were it makes us even more depressed. My father, when I was in my first major episode, used to say “Well, you’re 16, you’re young, you aren’t supposed to feel like this. Why do you feel like this?”
Being young isn’t the same as always flying around among pink clouds and swingdancing with yellow elephants and green happy hippos.
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Problem number 3, according to yours truly, would have to be an over-use of the word depression. Alot of kids (yeah, I’m saying kids, because claiming you have a depression when you don’t, is childish), say that they have a depression after feeling down for a day. After crying when you fail a test. The words “I feel soooo depressed!” have become something we’re so used to, that we have problems asking ourselves how WE really feel. “Am I depressed?” is something that we no longer can think or say outloud because of the response you’ll get from your elders/parents/friends. We don’t want to talk about it, but instead we use words that we don’t really understand far too often.
Okay, I know I’m sounding a little bit like a bitch right now, so I’m just gonna stop my ranting. My personal experience will come up here sooner rather than later. Patience is a virtue…
Love and Blue suspenders//