Sep 13, 2015

Tea for Two | Depression

-Robbie Williams

Depression is definitely a taboo subject. It is also something that is usually taken too lightly even though we all know or have heard about it.

Depression is a type of brain disorder and it's episodes can be graded either as mild, moderate or severe; depending on the symptoms experienced and their severity. It's very important to note that depression isn't only feeling sad. Sadness is an emotion while depression is a constant.

The way the different media entertainment showcases characters with depression plays a big role in why most people will raise an eyebrow as soon as someone mentions being depressed.  Depression has been turned into a trend and most people who actually are clinically depressed either don't realize they are or do, but they are not validated by others.

"Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression."  And only less than half of those suffering from depression will actually seek or be provided with treatment. 

To people who think they might suffer from depression.

Some of the symptoms include:
 - Trouble concentrating
 - Lack of energy / fatigue
 - Sleeping too much or too little
 - Loss of interest in enjoyable activities
Full list here.

I can never stress enough how important communication is. You don't even need to physically talk; you can write an email, text or even write a letter. A parent, a friend, a teacher or any adult you feel comfortable confiding in is a good place to start. You don't have to spill out every detail if you aren't comfortable in doing so; just let them know what is going on in your life, how you're feeling, what your thoughts are.

You can also check out these websites:
7 Cups of Tea  (Online listener. 100% recommend)

To people who know someone who might or does suffer from depression.
Remember that you are not a specialist (unless you are). It is okay to tell someone that you don't feel comfortable giving advice or that you simply do not know what to say but you are happy to listen. Don't feel guilty for 'not being able to help' because it is not your job.  You can also suggest consulting.

Be patient and don't be scared to ask questions. You can also look up these websites to inform yourself more.
Links here:
7 Cups Of Tea (Become an online listener!!)

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