Have you ever wondered, what does depression feel like?
Depression is a disease that is all encompassing; it affects every second of your daily life.
It makes decisions for you. It decides if you are going to get up, eat, go to work, socialise and interact with anyone.
The problem is, you cannot see it – because you are enveloped in depression, like a thick fog.
People will think they are helping with comments such as ‘pull yourself together’ and ‘come on just get out.’ Though their intentions may be good, these are simply not a productive comment to make to a depressed person. A broken leg is easy to see – a broken mind is not.
Depression can be hereditary, happen for no reason or brought on by an event.
The different types of depression include:
- manic depression (also known as bipolar disorder);
- reactive (also known as situational or environmental) depression;
- psychotic depression; and
- seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
No case of depression is the same and therefore it is important to produce a care plan for the individual and their specific needs.
Yes, everyone has had times during their life when they have felt ‘low’ so what is the difference between this and depression?
Depression is likely to stop you from functioning with your life. It will make you isolate yourself from society.
Working with you in therapy, we will look to rectify this.
Quotes that Help to Understand: What Does Depression Feel Like?
These quotes below are an accurate description of how people with depression feel:
“That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end.”
― Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation
“If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.”
― Stephen Fry
In Australia, it’s estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety.
As life gets more and more stressful this is becoming an epidemic, with more people on antidepressants than before.
But why is life becoming more and more stressful – and why are we seeing generations of people suffering from depression and/or anxiety?
Some thoughts are that people are living pay cheque to pay cheque, and have money worries that they cannot resolve even working 40-60+ hours a week. Take a family with two children – both parents work full time, yet school puts more and more pressure on parents to attend, supervise homework, and become involved in extracurricular events.
We are also always rushing – rushing to get ready for work, to be on time for work, to drop the kids off at school.
Social media has also been suggested as an issue for depression. We don’t really ever ‘switch off.’
To recover from depression is not going to be an overnight process however recovery IS possible.
It may be that medications improve your mood; while counselling and therapies like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy help by getting to the root of the depression, and dealing with that.
Depression feels like the end but it is not. Seek support – do not suffer alone because you are NOT ALONE. Please make the phone call and get help. Together we can fight this debilitating disease in a non-judgemental, safe environment. You can regain control of your life.
Author: Liz Taylor, BA (Hons).
Liz Taylor is a social worker with over ten years’ experience in helping people with personality disorders and other mental health issues. Liz’s counselling strategies are drawn from the Relapse Prevention Model, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). She is passionate about enabling her clients to function and feel a sense of control in their lives, and to achieve the goals and outcomes that they wish.