Spotlight: Depression

Depression is a little bit like happy hour, right? It’s always gotta be happening somewhere on any given night.

Patrick Stump

According to the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people around the world suffer from depression. You read that right.

More than 264 million people around the world suffer from depression.

The two main kinds of depression that manifest in individuals are Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Dysthymia. MDD is characterized by sporadic major depressive episodes over a course of six to nine months, and although damaging while occurring, is temporary and will end eventually. Dysthymia, on the other hand, is a long-term form of moderate depression within which a person will experience many major depressive episodes. If untreated, dysthymia can span years, or even decades, of a person’s life.

While those dealing with dysthymia may appear to be happier overall than those with MDD, the condition is much more detrimental over a long period of time. This information may be shocking to some people who believe that depression is either “just a phase” or that those dealing with it “need to try harder”. Recognizing that not everyone who struggles with a mental health condition deals with the problem in the exact same way can be extraordinarily eye-opening and beneficial.

Sometimes the strongest people are the ones who love beyond all faults, cry behind closed doors, and fight battles that nobody knows about.

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These harsh facts aren’t shared with you to hurt anyone’s feelings, or give the impression that there is no hope. Because there is hope. Both medication and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are extremely effective ways to treat depression, and turning our focus to alternative methods of treatment such as mindfulness training can make a huge difference.

Depression might not be going anywhere, but that doesn’t mean we can’t actively do something about it. And it’s really not as negative a concept as some people make it. Feelings of sadness, loneliness, and emptiness are completely normal. We all deal with these “depressive states”. But some people simply do more than others, and that’s what we qualify as depression. It doesn’t mean that these people are lesser, or have unfortunate situations. All that it means is that they need more help, and that is something that we can absolutely do in our everyday lives. Mental health conditions present themselves in a multitude of ways, and although you generally can’t tell what a person is going through just by looking at them, showing simple acts of kindness can make a world of change for those dealing with depression.

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Learn more about how to spread positivity and improve your own mental health through alternative methods of treatment.

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