“They say you can’t know a man until you walk a mile in his shoes. Well you can’t walk a mile in my shoes. You know why? I walk barefoot.” FeatherLeaf
Everybody goes through some form of depression. Whether you want to call it the blues or a bad times, the words really don’t as matter as the feelings. Depression often accompanies times of death of loved ones or other periods of sad events. However clinical depression is something in and of itself, separate and different.
Severity Of Clinical Depression
Clinical depression is something separate and different in and of itself. It is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Comparing it to regular depression is not a fair analogy. When suffering from severe clinical depression the bad feelings are all encompassing.
No I’m Just Not Lazy
A lot of people who aren’t educated in psychiatric problems dismiss clinical depression as laziness. People suffering from clinical depression will sleep longer and find it extremely difficult to get out of bed. Some may stay in bed the majority of the day. These people are not being lazy. Ironically nobody doubts the sincerity of somebody suffering from bipolar when they are having a manic episode. The reason being that their inappropriate thoughts and actions are so glaring and obvious. Clinical depression is the opposite of the manic side and as far high as one gets translates into how low one gets.
Consuming Suicidal Thoughts
Some people suffering from clinical depression are obsessed by suicidal thoughts. These feelings need to be closely monitored and evaluated on a day by day basis. It may be necessary for a person suffering not to be left alone or even to be hospitalized. Clinical depression presents the world where the person suffering has no hope for the future. They cannot perceive that things will get better and that what they are going through will one day pass.
Structure Should Be Enforced
Developing a regular routine is the first step in combating clinical depression. Expecting a person to get out of bed at a certain time and to shower and take care of other personal hygiene should be strictly enforced. However the caregiver should not expect too much too soon. Overcoming clinical depression takes a long time and won’t vanish in a week’s time.
Creative Activity Should Be Employed
One great treatment for clinical depression is some artistic expression. The exact nature of the art really doesn’t matter. Creative expression will take a person’s mind off of their problems and subconsciously or even consciously they will express the causes of their depression in their art.
Walking And Exercise Is Important
Walking and exercise is very important. Exercise helps to take one’s mind off of what they are going through. Also exposure to sunlight has a chemical effect on the brain which helps fight the clinical depression.
What Goes On
When one suffers from clinical depression they feel very bad for themselves. They feel that they have no worth and that they are useless. They see no sense in continuing with life as they feel that they will never get better. This massive hopelessness dominates the brain where it directly effects every conscious thought. Also during clinical depression a person is grappling with personal problems which have hurt them during their life. There is a lot going on mentally during clinical depression.
You Can Make It Through!
I am living testimony that you can make it through clinical depression and go on to live a ‘normal’ and productive life. Having hope that things can and will get better are powerful weapons in fighting clinical depression.
You can read about my personal struggle with mental illness in my memoirs “More Than The Madness” https://johnkaniecki.weebly.com/more-than-the-madness.html