The Disease of Modernity

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it’s the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way–in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

-Charles Dickens

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Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects the way you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.

Depression is considered to be the illness of the 21th century. It can affect everyone, starting from the young ones, the middle-aged and even the old ones. According to World Health Organization, 350 millions people worldwide are suffering from depression, making it the 3rd global illness in 2014 and it is estimated that by 2020 it will became the main cause of people’s disability.

Depression is not just the feeling of unhappiness, it is an intense feeling of anxiety, negativity, hopelessness, feelings that are very hard to get rid of.

Depression can happen to anyone, no mater your age, sex, race or financial status. Many successful and famous people who seem to have everything one may wish for, battle with this problem. Asked about the feeling of depression, one may say that it feels as life isn’t worth living.

“Depression is living in a body that fights to survive, with a mind that tries to die.”

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 There are a number of things that may trigger the sense of loneliness, desperation and anxiety. Depression is thought to result from a combination of events and personal factors, not just one short-term issue. Research suggests that long-term unemployment, living in an abusive relationship, isolation or prolonged stress- are likely to cause depression than recent life stresses.

Nonetheless, recent events can be traumatizing as well, a combination of bad events can trigger depression because of bad experiences or unfinished personal issues from the past.

 

Symptoms:

 

  • Loss of energy
  • Sadness that doesn’t go away.
  • Lack of self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Not being able to enjoy things that are usually pleasurable or interesting.
  • Avoiding other people, sometimes even your close friends.
  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
  • Sleeping problems – difficulties in getting off to sleep or waking up much earlier than usual.
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness.  Finding it hard to function at work/college/school.
  • Loss of sex drive and/or sexual problems.
  • Thinking about suicide and death.
  • Self-harm

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“You sometimes think you want to disappear, but all you really want is to be found.”

It is critical to understand that depression is a common and treatable disorder. Action can be taken in order to eliminate the parasites that infect you physical and psychical health.

In the future posts, we will talk about ways of overcoming depression.

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Alexandrina Bivol

                                                                                                            

Sources:

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/depression/what-causes-depression

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/d/depression#sthash.KQTpLK0k.dpuf

 

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