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Speaking of depression

Depression, a word we may hear from a doctor or see written in a magazine. Often, it might be used loosely when we encounter a situation or event we don’t like, and we say, “I’ll get depressed with all this happening to me!”

It’s worth mentioning that the diagnosis of depression can only be given by a mental health specialist. There are many criteria related to chronicity and severity. It’s a multifactorial condition that sometimes may go unnoticed because the person suffering from it may have the ability to hide it very well.

Nowadays, in an effort to reduce the stigma surrounding various mental conditions, diagnoses may be used more casually by people around us. However, this requires special attention because one person with depression can differ significantly from another, so comparing situations and individuals is not useful.

We usually have in mind that only people who have experienced tragic events can suffer from depression. However, this is not true. Many small events accumulated over time can lead to depression in an individual. Moreover, transitional situations such as attempting to find a job can trigger thoughts and feelings of hopelessness after many unsuccessful attempts. Additionally, a transitional situation can be a move or a life phase change, such as a breakup.

It’s worth keeping in mind that everyone is affected to a different extent by various situations because they have different experiences and imprints in their subconscious. Someone with depression needs to communicate their difficulties and take steps to dedicate themselves to their own personal needs. Emphasizing the positives and encouraging positive thinking in someone suffering from depression is not only unhelpful but can also exacerbate their condition.

In any case, it’s important to remember that a specialist is the appropriate person to help and that it’s a condition that, with proper management, will pass and may become a memory. It’s not a diagnosis that necessarily follows someone for life.

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