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Diving in on Depression

Updated: Jan 2, 2023

What is Depression?

Depression is widely known as a mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life. Depression can be widely stereotyped, that is why it is important to keep in mind that everyone has different symptoms and experiences. Some significant examples of how people feel depression vary within each individual, in appetite, notable mood swings, unexplained pain, too much or too little sleep, or simply losing interest in activities that were once major in someone's life.



What are some stigmas about depression?


Do you ever feel unheard, unimportant, and like you don't deserve to get help? Those are infamies that are widely related with the phrase "Depression". More than often, minorities feel that when they express themselves they will bring shame to their family, project weakness, and feeling any sort of negative emotion makes them feel guilty. Everyone has the right to help, nobody should be ashamed of feeling down. When someone is depressed they are viewed as "lesser people", they are inadequately capable of living a basic life, keeping a job and even maintaining a stable relationship. These stereotypes are all false, because the majority of the time people are hiding their emotions in the midst of their busy lives. Everyone has their own struggles and keeping that in mind allows us to treat others with kindness and respect.



Ways to Cope with Depression


When it comes to depression everyone has different symptoms which means that everyone will have disparate ways of coping. Some people take antidepressants, while others practice healthy habits like staying in touch with life, being active, facing their fears, eating healthy and having a routine. Practicing positive thinking allows us to lower the levels of depression by focusing on the good things that occur in a situation. There are always people willing to listen, so reaching out to a trusted adult is key to getting help. If you ever feel depressed, like nobody is willing to listen, feel free to contact Samaritans at 116 123 for 24 hour, confidential, and non-judgemental, emotional help.


Thank you for continuing with us on this journey of mental health awareness. Feel free to read some statistics about depression below, alongside a little bit of motivation to get you through the week!






Mental health relapses happen. It doesn't mean all your healing is thrown away. Accept what comes up and remember allowing yourself to feel. Even the uncomfortable things, is part of the process.
Anonymous


 


Hi I'm the author of this blog post,

Paola Diaz


I am a junior in high school, who loves drawing, making music and playing basketball. My most desired meal after a long day of school is a warm plate of Chicken Alfredo. My favorite color is green, and I hope to pursue a career in engineering. I am driven to stop the stigma about mental health.


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