Lets get comfortable with saying this word...

Depression.. What a touchy subject to talk about!

First, let's start off with having a clear understanding of what depression really means.

According to the Mental Health Association, depression is a mental health disorder that is characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.

To begin with, we've all experienced some type of depression feelings in our lives and some more than others, which by the way is completely okay and normal. Some may not acknowledge it but the most common feelings experienced are either sadness, being overwhelm or confused. So, just because some people like myself have a more consistent significant impairment in our daily lives does not make us less human or weird because in reality, there are multiple levels and severities of depression. With that being said, it is important to familiarize ourselves with the different types of depression along with the signs and symptoms that comes with it. But, don't worry, being that I'm personally familiar with depression and also anxiety- which by the way will be our next topic *wink, wink* I am excited to tell you a little more about it because I believe its always best to learn about a condition from someone who's been diagnosed with it themselves.

Like I mentioned above, there are different types of depression and so the most common and heard about types are:

  1. Major depression

- Being majorly depressed is when someone is in a depressive mood most days out of the week. It's also when a doctor will chose to diagnose you or not and move on to refer you to a therapist or starts you off with some antidepressants medications.

- Some signs and symptoms of major depression are:

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in your activities

  • Weight loss or gain

  • Trouble getting to sleep or feeling sleepy during the day

  • Feeling restless and agitated, or else very sluggish and slowed down physically or mentally

  • Being tired and without energy

  • Feeling worthless or guilty

  • Trouble concentrating or making decisions

  • Thoughts of suicide

Please remember, Major depression is not the same on every one.

2. Atypical depression

- Atypical depression is when someone is in a depressive mood and something positive such as a joke, a fun activity or being with a love one can improve that person's mood completely.

- Some signs and symptoms of Atypical depression are:

  • Increased appetite

  • Sleeping more than usual

  • Feeling of heaviness in your arms and legs

  • Oversensitive to criticism

Although antidepressants can help with atypical depression, it is best to find a therapist who can help you talk about it and give you some "homework" on how to turn it around because it leads to major depression.

3. Psychotic Depression

- People who are psychotically depressed are people who are majorly depressed like I explained above along with some psychotics symptoms such as:

  • Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren't there)

  • Delusions (false beliefs)

  • Paranoia (wrongly believing that others are trying to harm you)

Being diagnosed with severe major depression and anxiety myself (oh gosh, my secret is out lol) I think I speak for us all when I say it means the world to us when our close friends and family members take the time to do their research and better understand why our day to day life is a little bit harder and challenging than a "normal" person's day to day.

Like I advised a close friend of mine, researching and educate yourself more will allow both parties to be less frustrated with each other in any given situation. At the end of the day, Let's not judge someone based on what type of depression they have because depression itself surely do not care about the type of person we are.

So, In conclusion, Let us all normalize talking about this so please feel free to comment or even ask me some personal question because this is a safe place and all type of vulnerability is welcome.

My depression affirmation is : Depression will NOT take over my life, my thoughts, my body and my day!!!

***Yes, of course you're welcome to use this affirmation whenever you feel like its needed :)

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