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DEPRESSION: A slow killer

Sadness, feeling down and having a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities are familiar feelings for all of us. But if they persist and affect our daily lives substantially, the issue may be depression.

Depression is a mood disorder that involves a persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest. Depression is an ongoing problem, not a passing one. It can last on for several weeks, months or even years. However, doctors only consider feelings of grief to be part of depression if they persist.

Depression is more than just sadness in response to life's struggles and set backs, it changes how you think, feel and function in daily activities. While some people see depression as "living in a black hole" or having a feeling of impending doom, others feel lifeless, empty and apathetic. Leaving depression untreated can become a serious health condition. But no matter how helpless you feel, you can get better. You can take the first steps to feeling better by understanding the cause of your depression.

There are common symptoms of depression, they include; feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, loss of interest in daily activities, appetite or weight changes, sleep changes, anger or irritability, loss of energy, self-loathing, reckless behaviour, concentration problems, unexplained aches and pains.

Depression is a major risk factor for suicide. The deep despair and hopelessness that goes along with depression can make suicide feel like the only way to escape the pain. If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide , express your concern and seek help immediately. Talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life.

Do you get angry easily, always feeling agitated and irritated, always agressive, always feel fatigued? It could be depression, don't let it kill you, there's someone going through a lot more than you are. It doesn't matter how difficult the situation might seem, trust me you can get better. Look for a trusted friend or better still a psychologist and share your problems. You still have hope of smiling again.

Have a blissful day ahead!🙃

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