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The Journey of Depression

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The struggle of depression

Writing this article is very important to me because it's very personal. I have dealt with serious depression for the past 4 years ever since I've turned 30. It all started with realizing on my 30th birthday that I had no plan for my future.

My battle first began when I started to gain weight and cannot keep it off no matter what I did even though I worked out like crazy and turned out that I had a thyroid problem. Which made it extremely hard to get off. Then I finally graduated from college at age 31 I started applying for jobs and could never get a call back because I had no experience.

The weight gain and not being able to use my degree although I know owe all this money really startef to take a toll and me being depressed I'm having anxiety.

Then I started thinking about a fact that I'm still unmarried now at age 34 no children still not able to use my degree. I just feel like a failure not to mention I know I'm 30 pounds heavier than once was. Not to mention I still have acne scars that I may never get rid of. So how's that even attractive I just feel so down about myself.

That's the way that depression works it's one thing after another and another and sometimes you can get so deep in it that you can't pull yourself out. It is not just for those of us who aren't getting what you want out of life even the most successful people with the money and power get depressed too. You could have everything and still be in pain. An example I can give is Robin Williams and how he left us, I would never think it could happen to someone, who made everyone else smile all the time.

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What is Depression?

Depression is 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.

More than just a bout of the blues, depression isn't a weakness and you can't simply "snap out" of it. Depression may require long-term treatment. About 21.5 million people suffer from depression a year.(12.0 percent woman) and 6.6 percent of men.

Symptoms of depression

  • Tired
  • fatigued
  • feeling worthless
  • too little or, too much sleep
  • change in eating habits
  • stop caring about any and everything
  • thoughts of ending it all
  • headachs
  • not showering
  • not caring about your appearance
  • not wanting to do anything
  • just wanting to left alone
  • sadness or, anger

    There's no one pattern. Depression symptoms may gradually progress from the mild, such as choosing to stay home to watch TV instead of going out with friends, to the more severe, such as thoughts of suicide. Or someone may go from seeming perfectly happy to being totally depressed in a matter of days or weeks. The progression varies from person to person.

    People with severe depression may have to seek professional help. It may result in getting a medication or, even going to therapy. No the signs and get help to better your life.




How to fight your Depression

There are so many different ways you fight depression. It can be an uphill battle and you may get discourage. However, if there is a will there is a way. It is important to be consistant and never give up. I am going to talk about way you can fight depression.

  1. Get more sleep. Not getting enough sleep can make your depression worst. Try taking naps or, even going to bed earlier to get 6 to 8 hours.
  2. Exercise .Working out temporarily boosts feel-good chemicals called endorphins. It may also have long-term benefits for people with depression. Regular exercise seems to encourage the brain to rewire itself in positive ways. I used this myself I love working to my favorite artist it makes me feel great, and motivates me to work harder.
  3. Set Goals. We all know that when we feel depressed we not think we can accomplish anything. But, it's important to set a daily goal for yourself. You can start small. My goal for today, was to workout and I did.
  4. Try something new or, different. Go do something fun, like seeing a movie or, play. Doing something you've never done before can make life more interesting.
  5. Listen to music. Listening to music can relax you and put you in a better mood. Can also change your thought and emotions, although this may be a temporary fix, it can work wonders for your depression.


Closing thoughts

Depression is an everyday struggle and we constantly have to fight. It's not going to be easy but, nothing in life we can really is. We do have choices we can either let depression takes down a dark path that we can't get out of or, we can fight it with everything we've got.

It's important that we focus on the positive things in our lives. Go get support and surround ourselves with positive people and things. Its going to be difficult but, we must never give up the good fight. No matter what you do keep fighting.

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© 2018 Sequoia Coleman

Comments

Sequoia Coleman (author) from Los Angeles on August 25, 2018:

Thank you so much, I have it day by day

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on August 06, 2018:

Depression is tough! Sometimes, we have to take smaller steps in order to be ready to take bigger ones. It may seem like we are not moving forward, but each decision we make gets us that much closer to our goals. You can do it!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 02, 2018:

Great article. Happy for you that you own up to the condition and are consciously dealing with it. As you follow your "How to" suggestions, you will add other ways to boost your positivity. That husband of yours isn't ready yet, and if he delays or detours, it's his loss. Don't let him steal your joy.