Mental health problems come with unnecessary stigma. The origin of this criticism is often rooted in past generations when such psychological issues were not well understood. It was not all that long ago that people mistook mental illness for manifestations of religion.
The tragedy of stigmatizing depression and other mental health issues is that it causes sufferers to avoid getting the help they need. If you struggle with depression symptoms, remember that this does not define you.
Whether you have always had a low mood or this is a new period of your life, consider that depression is like any physical disease and requires treatment to improve. Few people have a problem treating a thyroid problem or a sinus infection. Depression is just as much out of the control of the individual and is no one’s fault.
Depression symptoms can devastate one’s life if it continues untreated. Symptoms of depression include low energy level, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, persistent thoughts of suicide and death, weight change, loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities, feelings of worthlessness and self-hatred, sleep problems, physical fatigue, and suicide ideation or attempts.
These symptoms can worsen over time. Some symptoms cause the gradual, or rapid, increase in depression. Having low energy can lead to sleeping more than normal, which can increase fatigue, which, turn can worsen a low mood. Depression symptoms can create a vicious cycle that perpetuate and worsen the situation.
If you are struggling with depression, get help immediately. Depression is one of the most common disorders in the world. There is no shame in experiencing depression. It is a disease and must be treated.