He felt irritable, wasn’t eating well and was keeping to himself, he still smiled at passersby and attended calls of acquaintances but wasn’t keen on talking to his family and close friends, afraid he was that they might understand his sighs, they would sense the drastic step he was about to take, of taking his own life. Not that he hadn’t tried and they didn’t care, of course they all loved him but what they gave him were various suggestions and opinions.
They kept suggesting him to think positive and meditate, maybe go for a jog or walk, listen to music and eat healthy, sleep well. He wished, if he could do all that wouldn’t he just start feeling better? This is the challenge for people with Depression or most people suffering from Mental Health Disorders, if they would be able to do things which keep them happy, healthy and hearty. But why can't they be happy anymore?
We have to figure out how they feel and what they or their loved ones can do for them to help?
Human beings are driven by emotions and we can be feeling various emotions due to various reasons. At times, we may react in a strange way than we’re expected to but that doesn’t imply that someone is Depressed or has a Mental Health Disorder. We need to understand, when it starts to get evident that someone is suffering from a Mental Illness, when that weird behaviour persists for a period longer than 2 weeks.
They must be advised to visit a mental health practitioner, as it will no longer be considered a normal reaction to events or adversities.
As per a simple definition for Depression by MayoClinic (a non-profit organization for clinical practice, education and research)- Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn't worth living.
Anyone can be affected by Mental Disorders and Depression, one who usually looks happy and the one who doesn’t.
Depression gives many signals let’s state a few here:
It is always difficult for others who care for us when they see any of their loved ones going through above stated problems. In such difficult times, always believe and make the sufferer also believes that it can be cured and they can feel better by seeking medical help. Assure them that they’re not alone. Make yourself well acquainted with their condition and do not judge them by their surface behavior.
You may not be a Certified mental Health practitioner but you can share the relevant information with all the people you know. Cure can be found in Clinics but help and compassion can only be found in humans. Most important of these all is to be vigilant of any such signals and be there for them. Make them feel secure, judgment free and inclusive.