We live in an age of depression. Millions of people suffer from depression, anxiety, and a slew of other emotional and psychological illnesses. The question that comes to mind is why? Is it a product of genetics, or is it a product of the conditions in our life? I suspect the answer is probably both. Genetic predispositions can be exacerbated by stressful life situations. I wish I could reach out and tell people who are suffering that I know the solution to their problem, that I had the magic cure for their illness however, that is not the case.
The Mayo Clinic website defines depression as “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” (www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/symptoms-causes/syc-20356007).
If you yourself or someone you know is battling depression it may come as a relief to know that you can improve your situation. First and foremost it is recommended that you seek the guidance from a medical professional. Do not feel embarrassed as this is a true illness just as any other illness. Treatment is available in the form of medication and therapy and can help alleviate the symptoms associated with the illness.
Secondly, it can be beneficial to reach out to others in your circle that you feel comfortable with and share with them what you are battling. It helps to know that you are not alone. Everyone at one point in their life or another battles some form of depression, anxiety or stress. Retrain your mind to focus on the good as positive thoughts are powerful. If you find yourself in a stressful situation, find a quiet place to pray and and relax.