Have you ever been depressed? Chances are you have, but those feelings eventually passed and you moved on with your life. Now imagine what it feels like to have chronic depression and feel down more often than up.
One of the best ways to relate to another person is to understand what they experience. There is more information than ever out there about depression, but some people still do not fully grasp what it is like to live with this constant sadness. Telling someone who is depressed to simply get up and feel better will not work because it is not that easy.
If you have never experienced chronic depression and wish to better relate to someone who does, here are some things that person might be regularly experiencing.
- Grey and dreary days are less enjoyable overall; imagine always perceiving the world that way, even when those around you are enjoying the sunlight? The fact that you know others are happy while you are sad just intensifies those feelings.
- Imagine going through life with no sense of joy or fun. Things that previously brought you pleasure now mean nothing. You feel there is nothing to look forward to and no reason to get out of bed in the morning.
- You constantly feel like you have no energy. This makes even the basics of day-to-day life a struggle. On top of that, you have trouble sleeping, so it feels like an endless cycle of fatigue with no sense of relief.
- Your use of food borders on abusive. You either eat excessively to try and stave off sadness or you do not feel like eating and soon feel sick due to malnutrition.
- Ever had a nagging pain that wouldn’t go away? Depression not only causes mental anguish. It can actually leave you with physical pain that doesn’t let up.
These are just a few of the common symptoms of depression. Do you suffer from it? Don’t worry, you are not alone and there are people out there ready to help. Consult with your family doctor or local mental health association for information on therapy and how it can change your life for the better.