- General Medicine
by Doyinsola Adeyemi
It is no news again that suicide is one of the major factors that claim the lives of thousands yearly. According to WHO, suicide claims the lives of about eight hundred thousand lives annually, that is one person every 40 seconds. Depression is a major factor that causes suicide.
We all have our down times and moment which could be caused by the loss of a loved one, the breakup of a relationship, economic crisis leading to financial issues or a bad grade. Should we just conclude that sadness is a normal human emotion? They, however, do not last for a long time, hence, something changes, the moment our emotional hurt fades, when we have adjusted or gotten over the loss or pain. Those emotions in themselves are not depression.
Sometimes though, sadness comes for no apparent reason. So, is there any difference between this and what is called depression?
Depression is an abnormal emotional state, a mood disorder or a mental illness that affects one’s thinking, emotions, perceptions, and behaviours in pervasive and chronic ways.
When depressed, you feel sad about everything not necessarily because there is a difficult event or situation, a loss, or a change of circumstance. When you have a longer feeling of sadness and pain, then you may be depressed. This difference between ordinary sadness and depression is important because in severe cases, depression can be life-threatening, with suicide as a possible outcome.
Depression hurts lives, making everything less enjoyable, less interesting, less important, less lovable, and less worthwhile. It denies you the ability to experience joy, pleasure, excitement, anticipation, satisfaction, connection and meaning. You become more impatient, quicker to anger and get frustrated, quicker to break down, and it takes you longer to bounce back from everything.
Depression plays a role in more than one-half of all suicide attempts and we should all agree that the cases of suicide have been at its peak lately. Being depressed can make you feel helpless and hopeless leading to suicidal thoughts. But guess what? You are not hopeless and
Suicide is not the solution to what you feel. Some several therapeutic measures and medications can be used to fight back the push of depression if you talk to your doctor on time.
There is a lot you can do on your own to deal with depression. You can help yourself through natural depression treatments – you need to change your physical activity, lifestyle, and even your way of thinking. Think about having fun, make time for things you enjoy. You may want to say, “But, nothing seems fun anymore”. Hey! There are still exciting things here. Plan things you used to enjoy, even if they feel like a chore.
Keep going to the movies. Keep going out with friends for dinner.
Most importantly, talk to someone. The moment you start keeping it in, you are moving towards the beginning of the end.
Through all the hurdles of life, life is beautiful and it is worth living. Why don’t you work towards living the best of this beautiful life? Remember, suicide should never be an option. If you do not have any of the listed symptoms but notice a friend or relation going through them, make it a point of call to help them out of it. Let us stop the 40 minutes plague that is prolonging the stay of sadness and loss in our society.