There are days like today when I don’t want to engage with anyone at work, or with my friends or even with my family. And it doesn’t stop there I have moments of not wanting to indulge in my hobbies like writing for instance. At this very moment, I don’t feel excited enough to write any content. But that’s when I have to force myself to get out of my head and make small steps to do what I love to do which is writing, listening to music, eating ice cream lol sorry got carried away. But that’s how I’ve felt for months. And I wouldn’t expect someone who doesn’t suffer from depression to understand, and I would simply distance myself. But see that’s a big problem and one of the many signs of a person battling Mental Health.
Knowing the signs of depression is the first step to admitting you may need help. I’ve spoken to my doctor, and we have a great relationship where I can share everything with her. She has recommended a few ways to cope. But before we get into that, I must say I had to do my research. Mainly since I’ve been raised to lean on God for all my needs, here comes the page-turner, I don’t believe God blessed all these therapists and psychologist so that they can just collect a large check. I strongly think there are people with gifts to help anyone facing difficult matters of the mind and that’s their purpose in life.
In my research, I had to determine whether I was facing a season of sadness or depression. I have found Psychology Today to be a good source of information, as well as a few non-profit organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness [NAMI], Mental Health America and the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.
Found on Psychology Today, Depression is a more pervasive experience of repetitive negative rumination, bleak outlook, and lack of energy. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away.
Well, I’ve given you the definition of Depression but you probably really want to know what are the signs.
Here are a few symptoms of Depression
- Persistent sad, anxious, or empty mood
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
- Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down.”
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Insomnia, early morning awakening or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight loss, or overeating and weight gain
- Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
- Restlessness, irritability
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain
As I continue to shed light this month, I’m want to beat the stigma, that Black Women and Men (I didn’t forget about the brothers) don’t suffer from Mental Illnesses. It’s my responsibility to conquer my health condition. And since it’s not the easiest topic I want to educate my peers as I educate myself.