We talk a lot about politics in YD and that’s great. However I’d love to start more discussions about personal struggles that people might face. Depression is a subject I’m very open and candid about. It seems like every few years I go through a cycle of depression that really takes a toll on my mind and my body.
I am now “seasoned” enough to be able to tell when I’m in depression and work towards getting out of it without the use of medicine. My depression usually centers around work or the people I have around me. The first real depression I faced was due to being stuck in a city and around friends that didn’t motivate me and were often two faced around me. It took me a year to realize I was depressed before I took any action. When I realized it I packed a suitcase and moved. I surrounded myself with intellectual, ambitious and positive people that wanted to see me succeed instead of fail. I woke up each day with a mission and started focusing on everything good that’s happening in my life. That truly turned my life around and I wont be where I am today if I hadn’t done that.
I understand that this isn’t the case for everyone and that everyone has their own way of coping. I wouldn’t say I suffer with an extreme case of it as others might, but I know I’m not too far away from that. I’ve tried to train my mind to not go into such an extreme depression and work my way out of it as soon as I realize it. Just some advice: heavy drinking only eases the pain temporarily. Very, very short term solution.
I think this needs to be talked about more, especially with the youth. Many people suffer from it and don’t even know yet worse, too afraid to admit or talk about it. I plan on also starting lessons with a “life coach” who to me will be like a psychiatrist. Talk therapy is really helpful to me.
Are you able to sense when you’re going through depression? What are the main causes of it? How do you get out of it? Have you noticed your friends go through this without saying a thing about it?