Today I have the honor of sharing a piece written by Marie Miguel for www.betterhelp.com and I am sharing it with you today here on The Bipolar Writer blog. You can find the bio for Marie Miguel after the article.
Don’t Let Depression Drag You Down
Everyone has heard of depression but many people really do not know the difference between having depression and feeling depressed. Of course, if you or someone you love suffers from a depressive disorder, you know what I am talking about, but a lot of people think having depression just means that you are sad. They may say “what do you have to be depressed about?” or “how can you be depressed when you have so much going for you?” I get that one a lot. Yes, I have a great job doing what I love but having depression does not just mean that you are feeling sad or depressed. There is a whole lot more to it than that.
What Is Depression?
According to the experts, depression is a very common but serious mental health disorder that affects how you think, act, and feel. It can disrupt all your daily activities including working, eating, sleeping, socializing, and working. It is not just a feeling of sadness but an actual medical condition that lasts more than two weeks. In fact, in many cases, it can last for years or for your entire life. Imagine being told that you are going to have this debilitating disease forever and there is nothing you can do about it. Not only does it make you miserable, it can sap your strength, make you exhausted, cost you your job and relationships, and it is invisible so nobody can actually see what is going on. That is depression. Here are some symptoms:
- Feeling sad or hopeless for more than two weeks
- Crying over nothing
- Lack of energy
- Sleeping more or less than usual
- Eating more or less than usual
- Losing or gaining weight
- Lack of concentration
- Difficulty making decisions
- Memory loss
- Isolating yourself from everyone
- Talking or moving slower than usual
- Random and chronic aches and pains
- Constant fatigue
- Thinking of death or suicide
If you or someone you love has any of the above symptoms, it may be depression. One of the best things you can do for this is to talk to a professional mental health expert. In many cases, you can find a solution to feeling better after the first session. Of course, many of us with depression do not want to go see a therapist or psychiatrist. For some, just getting out of bed is a big accomplishment. Luckily, there is a wonderful new concept called internet therapy. It may also be referred to as eTherapy, online psychiatry, or many other variations of this. Basically, it boils down to the fact that you do not even have to leave your house (or your bed) to talk to a therapist.
Yes, you can talk to a therapist online without ever having to go anywhere and you do not even need to set an appointment. With online therapy, you can use any kind of electronic device such as your cell phone, tablet, or computer to talk to your therapist. You can use texting, instant messaging, email, or even face to face teleconferencing like Skype or Facetime. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So, what are you waiting for?
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.