As a global society, we’ve spoken, written, and demonstrated so much on depression that knowing what it actually is has eluded us. Not knowing what depression has got so many people to joke about it in front of people who are actually dealing with depression. Statements like “Depression isn’t a real thing, people don’t just want to face their problems.”
“Depression is just an excuse” I believe that when people make statements like that its because they don’t know depression is. I want to create some new perspective about the term that would change your perception of depression.
Over the years, philosophers, entrepreneurs, and sage speakers have spoken about the mind as an elegant and important part of our being. The mind is responsible for almost if not all human actions. That’s why over time, we’ve been advised to guard our minds which orchestrate imaginations that are replicated in reality.
It’s no joke how powerful the mind is, but it comes with some unread license agreements that become needful at a later date. Think of the mind as a security firewall for a system which for the average person is quite strong. However, when confronted by professional hackers the firewall is likely to come down. They might not get it down at the first attempt but with several attempts, they would be successful.
Relating the concept to understanding depression; everyone has some issues they’re dealing with alright and like the firewall, there are some emotional issues they could handle and wouldn’t be moved while some issues overwhelm in ways they never imagined. It is in that overwhelming that we can best explain Depression.
Certain folks might think there are certain issues that shouldn’t lead to depression because they were able to deal with it easily. They fail to remember that no two humans are the same and we’ve all got our strengths and weaknesses. We might look alike but we don’t have the same energy, ability, agility, doggedness, resilience, and all.
The Path to Overwhelming isn’t the same for Everyone.
The loss of a loved one might be Person A’s journey to emotional pain and depression while for Person B it might be a series of disappointments or societal injustice as we see today. Whatever the case, it is wrong and I repeat it is wrong to undermine the pain of a fellow human. Even if you don’t understand it or it seems like some bogus nonsense to you, do not make them feel inferior. Pain/ Depression is a terrible thing and for someone to speak about it shows a high level of emotional strength. No amount of logical reasoning should make you undermine.
As humans, we would lead a more meaningful life if we understand the pains of each other. Embrace the sorrows of our brothers and sisters like it’s our own irrespective of what race they’re from and being a comfort to their soul. Making them know that even if you don’t understand, you are with them.
If you notice how an issue has overwhelmed someone close to you, please reach out whether they told you about it or not. The signs most times are them withdrawing from what they used to be active in. When next you observe such signs don’t wait for an invitation, do reach out.
I would talk about uncovering hidden signs of depression in my next post. What major signs are there to watch out for. Until then, I hope you realize you’re not alone if you’re depressed and you can reach out to me. If you’re not, I also hope you do your best to spread love and light around you.