Life is too precious and comes with fascinating colours of different shades; some may be dark; some may be bright, maybe grey. But, with every shade comes a ray of hope, a hope that says nothing is eternal, everything changes, it’s a cycle, there is a bright day for every dark night.
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What Is Depression?
Even Depression is a mental health disorder characterised by a continuous depressed mood, regular mood swings, and rising inactivity, finally causing particular impairment in routine life.
Broadly, it is a mood disorder that causes sadness and lack of interest in any activities. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) or clinical depression affects how you feel, think, and behave. MDD can lead to a variety of emotional and physical disturbances.
Depression can lead to suicidal thoughts. A consistent & regular psychotherapy treatment may help to come out of the black hole created and start healing and moving forward in life.
How does Depression Affect You?
Depression is the uneasy feeling, as explained above, which may sometimes seem normal but may have hazardous effects on your health and state of mind. Depression can affect different individuals differently. Some of the symptoms may look like:
– Mixed Feelings of sadness, crying, loneliness, hopelessness
– Extreme emotional outbursts, either irritating or frustrating, even over small matters
– Loss of interest in almost all the normal activities, like hobbies, sports
– Disturbed sleep schedules with either insomnia or too much sleeping
– Energy loss, fatigue kind of feeling
– Feelings of extreme Anxiety and Panic
– Slowing your movements, speech or even thought process
– Feeling guilty, blaming yourself for past failures
– Facing issues while thinking, remembering, concentration, making decisions.
– Frequent suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
– Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
What Can You Do To Manage Depression?
Working through depression is not an easy task. Even some psychotherapist says there are many ways to fight depression. It helps to talk to your trusted family member or friends. Sometimes taking professional counselling sessions and visiting a psychiatrist for diagnosis is essential. Taking prompt action at the right time helps to stop the situation from worsening. Acknowledging that you are suffering from depression, maybe the first step to start your healing journey. Depression, like any other illness, is curable with treatment. Other measures that can help include
– Make a step-by-step effort to control your stress
– Boost your confidence
Some of these inspirational quotes, some by famous personalities, and some by anonymous motivators may help you feel less alone and encourage to fight the demons of depression.
When people don’t know exactly what depression is, they can be judgmental.
There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” John Green
Sometimes, life will kick you around, but sooner or later, you realize you’re not just a survivor. You’re a warrior, and you’re stronger than anything life throws your way.
If today all you did was hold yourself together, I’m proud of you.”
In the middle of winter, I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.”
“Give yourself another day, another chance. You will find your courage eventually”.
“Don’t give up on yourself just yet.”
“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”
“When you’re surrounded by all these people, it can be lonelier than when you’re by yourself. You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don’t feel like you can trust anyone or talk to anybody, you feel like you’re really alone.”
You say you’re ‘depressed’ – all I see is resilience. You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn’t mean you’re defective – it just means you’re human.
“One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly, one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.”
You’re like a grey sky. You’re beautiful, even though you don’t want to be.”
“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.”
“Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself.”
“Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.”
The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God
The only cure I have ever known for fear and doubt and loneliness is an immense love of self.
It is okay to admit that your wounds are still open. That you are still healing. It takes time. It takes time
I found that with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone.
“I am bent, but not broken. I am scarred, but not disfigured. I am sad, but not hopeless. I am tired, but not powerless. I am angry, but not bitter. I am depressed, but not giving up.”
I have depression. But I prefer to say, ‘I battle’ depression instead of ‘I suffer’ with it. Because depression hits, but I hit back. Battle on.”
“Every day is a second chance.”
I understand your pain. Trust me, I do. I’ve seen people go from the darkest moments in their lives to living a happy, fulfilling life. You can do it too. I believe in you. You are not a burden. You will NEVER BE a burden.”
“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.”
There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.”
“Give yourself another day, another chance. You will find your courage eventually. Don’t give up on yourself just yet.”
Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”
“Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.”
“Minds are like parachutes; they function only when open.”
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Here we have tried our best to help you chase the blues away, and find a solution to your troubles. Though depression may require long-term treatment, this is nothing to get discouraged. A prompt action, supportive family and friends, and willpower are all we need to fight depression. Of course, a duly step with medication, psychotherapy or both is necessary.
Reena Goenka is a SAC Registered Counsellor & Supervisor. She is a caring Mother, an understanding counsellor, a healing therapist, a whiz consultant, an expert trainer and a brilliant writer, holding expertise in Psychotherapy treatments, Professional counselling and Clinical supervision.
Reena Goenka has experienced phenomenal client success by employing a unique combination of Transactional Analysis, Gestalt two-chair work, hypnotherapy, visualization, EMDR and talk therapy. Reena helps her clients to understand their distinct core issues and pursue paths of healing. At the same time, she also supervises other counsellors or therapist in this process as well.
Reena works with a variety of concerns. Her Areas of Specialization include:
- Empowering self through Transactional Analysis
- Working with Trauma, abusive, or bad memories
- Working with Childhood hurts and abuses
- Parenting Issues like Conflict management with children and teenagers.
- Marital counselling.
- Pain Management
- Stress management.
- Positive empowerment.