Let’s talk about depression

With depression and suicides on the rise, talking about the problems you face sometimes helps.

11 August 2019 | Education

Vendjizuva Kamatuka, Grade 12, Duinesig Combined School

Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act.

It is evident that with a marked increase in suicides, depression is on the rise.

Depression causes feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.

When you are depressed, you can be around a million of people and still feel alone. This easily leads to thoughts of suicide.

Symptoms of depression may include loss of energy, increased fatigue, feeling worthless or guilty, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much.

Depression symptoms last at least about two weeks. People with low self-esteem, are easily overwhelmed by stress, and people who are generally pessimistic are often more likely to experience depression.

Depression makes you think negatively about yourself and sometimes the bad things that happen in the world contribute to the level of depression.

Besides the negative impacts and influences that depression has on a normal human being, it can be treated and cured by doctors, family members or even by just having a healing conversation with a close friend that you are comfortable with.

When revealing your problems firstly, make sure that the one you're talking to is trusting, honest and cares about your inner feelings.

You may also overcome depression on your own with a healthy, balanced diet, exercising regularly to ease your mind from thinking negatively and, most importantly, enjoy yourself in the company of people with similar goals as you.

Doing all the above also lead to higher self-esteem and more confidence.

During difficult circumstances, try to be more positive and let your mind know that you can pull through. Also try and communicate to your close relatives because, as the saying goes, “blood is thicker than water”.

After you overcome depression, try and help people that are suffer from the illness, as you know how depression feels because you experienced it.

People who are experiencing it may also understand you better and this may boost your own confidence.

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