By: Anthony Hayes
The word depressed or depression gets thrown around all to often. It’s true meaning gets lost in the stigma and misunderstanding that surrounds those unfortunate souls plagued with this dibilitating disease.
You can believe what you think you know about depression as it were. The fact of the matter is there is a distinct difference between being depressed or the blues, and having depression. Emotions can take many forms.
Some days I experience all of these, others I experience none whatsoever.
Being depressed is an emotion where as, clinical depression is lacking the ability to control ones emotional state. I learned the difference between the two in early 2004 when I began to experience some emotional flatteness, ADHD and Insomnia.
What Is Major or Clinical Depression?
Most people feel sad or low at some point in their lives. But clinical depression is marked by a depressed mood most of the day, particularly in the morning, and a loss of interest in normal activities and relationships — symptoms that are present every day for at least 2 weeks. In addition, according to the DSM-5 — a manual used to diagnose mental health conditions — you may have other symptoms with major depression. (source WebMD)
Those symptoms might include:
Major depression affects about 6.7% of the U.S. population over age 18, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The crippling grasp has had me in its clutches for over a decade.
Luckily for me, I have gained the upper hand and chose a life with hope instead of hopelessness. I’ve read countless publications on the human psyche, depression, and mental health. I did this to better understand what I was experiencing and how to combat it.
Over time, I have combined those teachings and knowledge with my own life experiences to be consumed by the masses. I’ve done this in a variety of different ways:
Fast forward to today. I am now 31 years old, a father, and seldom do I have days filled with “feelingless feelings.” An intricate part of my arsenal against this has been monthly therepy and medication. I am also a member in an online group with a great group of dads created my Larry Hagner.
While antidepressants are not a cure all magic pill, they do help to mask and pain I truly feel inside. A pain that exists for no rhyme or reason. With the right care and will power it is possible to get a little breathing room. After all we are living in a “Prozac Nation” aren’t we Lizzy?
Not having control over ones emotions renders you powerless. Due to the fact that the circuitry mind is ultimately malfunctioning, the body at times often becomes lethargic. So how does someone care for another life if they struggle so much to care for themselves?
Not with ease.
While I do not identify with my depression and use it as a handicap, it sure slows me down when it hits. Violet is a handful and the most important thing in my life. Violet pushes me to a better father, and more importantly a better human being.
I do not look to glorify this topic, I do not look for sympathy. What I do wish is that we all do our best not to be so quick to judge. You see we are all fighting a battle inside. The only difference is our circumstances. We all face obstacles. What sets us apart is the journey we take to get there.
For some a journey lasts till you get to your destination, for others the journey lasts forever.
How can I get help for depression? Start Here
If you or you know someone who is Suicidal, help is available 24/7 at the Nation Suicide Prevention Hotline.
“Control the controllable, as for the rest Keep on flowing…Just be.”
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