Living with depression after being diagnosed is not the end of the world. It may seem that way and you may come across or in contact with people who don’t fully understand your condition.
Depression or clinical depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks (Nimh.nih.gov, 2016). Depression can be caused by a number of factors such as abuse, sexuality, medication, conflict, death or loss.
Depression is known to take lives. A depressed person might feel alone in the world and that no one will truly understand what he/she is going through, constantly having a fear of opening up and receive judgment for being different. Opening up to someone about how you’re feeling and describing what it you’re going through and having the person you confided in not understand what you’re saying or taking your situation lightly, adds an even more effect to the depression that he/she is suffering from.
Having someone close to you who is suffering from depression is challenging as well because you may not know how to address any conflict with the person without being afraid that you might say something that would escalate their condition and they might end up in a dark space with dark thoughts.
I had a personal experience with someone who was suffering from depression. I did not know how to react when she confided in me, I thought that it would be okay, she’ll eventually get over it and unfortunately that was not the case. She took her life not so long after that. After finding out what had happened, it stays with you and you constantly go back and forth with yourself, telling yourself that you could’ve tried harder to understand what she was going through and be her support system.
In some cases there may be nothing that you can do to prevent something like that from happening. Depression should be a topic that can be spoken about freely, having these conversations with whomever can prove to be educational and that is all it comes down to – education. Knowing how to be a support system to any one suffering from depression can go a long way and might be what is needed to save a life.