Let us face it, at our age – the ripe age of 50 and beyond – it is quite easy to slip into mild or severe depression without realizing it. Facing depression head on is the only way to combat this illness. Lest you forget, fifty is the prime age to start new chapters in our lives, celebrate our accomplishments, start cruising down memory lane or just step up the pace.
However, there are some of us who are feeling under the weather. Always not in the mood to be around others and have a good time? If you’re suffering from prolonged sadness for quite some time now, you should face these bouts of depression and get yourself diagnosed by a psychiatrist, they’re doctors who can actually help you out with your problem.
What is Depression?
Depression is a medical illness of which there are several forms. Everyone feels down or low at some point in life, but when the lows last for long periods and affect general functioning and behaviour, the person may be suffering from a Depressive Disorder. Depression, which must be distinguished from sadness or “the blues”, is a fairly common and legitimate medical illness.
While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood it’s a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health.
Depression or prolonged sadness is actually quite common among people of my age group (I am 53 years old) so facing depression head-on is a must. This illness may seem quite simple to treat but in reality, it takes more than a little cheering up to actually cure depression. Constant visits to a therapist is a must as well as taking all the prescribed medicines that the doctor will ask the patient to take – none of these exactly come cheap, but the amount of suffering that a person is going through because of depression is enough reason already for others to start taking notice and face depression head on.
Some Possible Causes of Depression
At this age when we are only a few years from retirement anxiety and the eminent reality can become stressful for some people. There are also some among us who beat themselves up because they think they have not accomplished all that they had planned for life or they might have missed the mark completely. Then, on the other hand, there are some who are going through varying levels of separation whether its children leaving home, lost of siblings or parents or going through a divorce. Whatever the situation we cannot allow them to overwhelm us and send us into depression.
Depression oftentimes can easily get in the way of an individual’s daily activities and the zest for life can quickly and easily dissipate due to depression. This illness can quickly replace an individual’s sunny disposition and turn him/her into someone having no self-confidence. The once vibrant person now wants to isolate him or her self from the world and basically just not caring about living any more. If you have found yourself in this position facing depression head on is the only way out of it.
More so, a person suffering from depression isn’t the only one who’s going to suffer from this destructive illness, his or her loved ones are sure to follow suit. By seeing the individual grow through such rough patches, basically not caring about anything or anyone anymore, it’s highly likely that not only will depression one’s relationship with one’s self but with his or her loved ones too.
Facing Depression Head On
- Be active
- Don’t Isolate Yourself
- Do things you once like to do
- Watch a comedy movie
- Talk to someone about your feelings
- Go for lunch with a friend
- Call an old friend and catch up on old time
- Go for a walk or exercise
- Talk a long hot bath
- Care for a pet
- Listen to some good music
- Listen to a motivational speaker
- Get enough sleep
- Enjoy the sunlight
- Eat healthily
- Get out and volunteer to help someone
All is not Lost
Fortunately, depression can now be cured, especially when diagnosed early, depressed individuals can actually be treated through therapy and medication, although it may be a bit costly. Cognitive behavioural talk or interpersonal talk are just some of the available psychosocial treatments that cognitive behaviour therapists can offer to their patients, both actually prove to be able to produce fruitful and positive results.
Although some people tend to not recognize depression even it’s right before their eyes, being honest with one’s self is key to being able to cure such an illness. Never overlook the various symptoms, depressed individuals oftentimes exhibit uncharacteristic behaviours such as suddenly lacking interest in one’s hobbies (or other stuff that he or she usually enjoys), sleeps too much or actually aren’t able to get some shut-eye, suddenly becoming anti-social, talks a lot about death or being a worthless person.
There are actually a lot more other symptoms but in case these already fit in your category or of someone that you know of, go to a reputable psychiatrist at once in order to see if the depression is still at an early stage or not. From here you’ll be able to assess how the treatments will actually go.
You Can Do it
Depression shouldn’t be something that people fear instead, people should just start taking charge of their lives and actually face this illness and fight it. Life is too beautiful a gift to waste and if one will spend the majority of his or her life just moping around about every single little thing then what kind of life would that be? Depression may not kill one’s body but it’ll certainly kill one’s spirit if you’ll let it. Don’t be a victim – facing depression head on is the way to go.