in stach •  10 months ago


Depression has no respect for Wealth, Fame, Age, Nationality, Skin colour and so on. Anyone can be a victim of depression, which in most cases leads to suicide.

It is no news that celebrities fall victim to this, i inspite of their wealth and fame.


How Do You Define Depression?

Depression which is a mental health disorder is usually characterised by stubborn depressed mood, little or no interest in activities which causes a significant deterioration in one's daily life.


What Are The Causes?

Likely causes include a combination of biological, psychological and social origin of distress. Research suggested that these factors might bring about changes in brain functionalities, inclusive of altered activity of certain neural connections in the brain.

The stubborn feeling of sadness or little or no interest that characterises major depression can lead to various behavioural and physical symptoms. These may include changes in sleep pattern, appetite, concentration, energy level, daily behaviour and self-esteem.

Depression is sometimes linked with suicidal thoughts.


What Are The Symptoms?

You may experience any of the following:

Mood: anxiety, apathy, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest, little or no interest and pleasure in activities, mood swings, sadness, general discontent.

Whole Body: uncurbed hunger, tiredness, loss of appetite or restlessness

Sleep: early rising, excessive sleepiness, insomnia, or restless sleep

Mental: low concentration, slugglishness, or thoughts of suicide

Attitudinal: agitation, crying excessively, irritation, or social isolation

Body Weight: weight gain(Overeating) or weight loss(Under eating).


Can It Be Treated?

The backbone of its treatment is usually medication, talk therapy or a blend of the two.

More and more, research suggests that these treatments may return to normal the brain changes linked with depression.

Generally, depression can be treated by any of the following

With Therapies
Cognitive behavioral therapy, Behaviour therapy, and Psychotherapy

With Medications
Antidepressant, Anxiolytic,Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI), and Antipsychotic

With Medical Procedure
Electroconvulsive therapy

With Specialists
Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Primary Care Provider (PCP), and Emergency Medicine Doctor


Can Depression be Prevented?

There is no clear answer

Most things that are more likely to get you depressed are things you can’t control: your genes, chemicals in your brain, and your environment. Most people, get depressed after a major life changing occurrence or trauma. Health problems, such as cancer, diabetes, or Parkinson’s disease can also trigger it.


There’s no particular method of preventing depression. But you can:

  • Find ways to handle stress and improve your self-esteem. For instance, I dance a lot to release self confidence and happy hormones. It works!

  • Take good care of yourself by getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising regularly.

  • Contact family and friends when times get difficult.

  • Get regular medical checkups, and see your health care provider if you feel uneasy.

  • Get help at once if you think you’re depressed. Waiting, could worsen it.

Suicide Is The Best Solution?





Get Help Instead?


Prevention Is Better Than Cure


You can manage depression by

  • Staying healthy
  • Taking each day one step at a time
  • Exercise regularly
  • Developing a positive attitude
  • Take care of your health
  • Put off big decisions until your mind is quite clear
  • Watch your diet
  • Never blame yourself
  • Don't stop treatment
  • Steer clear from alchohol and drugs
  • Manage stress
  • Volunteer to help others
  • Have an attitude to gratitude
  • Join a support group
  • Reconnect with family and friends
  • Talk to someone you can trust
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Build your self esteem

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I have suffered depression most of my adult life but I have always tried my best to rise above it. Life has its low sides but I am always hopeful that things will get better and sometimes, they do.


Accepting that one has depression and immediately reaching out for help is a step in the right direction. @steemingnaija Yes! Things will definitely get better, just hang in there.

It was a nice article.thanks for sharing.god bless.

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