Depression is commonly used to describe sadness, mood swings or any lethargy in otherwise upbeat disposition is rather a serious Mental Health Disorder which is characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities causing significant impairment in daily life. You try hard to be happy but the blanket of morose and sad feelings don't let you come out of this gloomy state. The activities or persons, who used to give you joy and happiness at one time, now fail to evoke any reaction in you anymore. You feel as if plunging into the dark abyss called Depression.
Depression is characterized by few very prominent behavioral changes; one is crying persistently without any reason, losing interest in activities that you once enjoyed and becoming extremely violent to the point of being harmful to oneself and your loved ones aswell.
I spoke to a friend of mine who has been suffering from depression for the past four years. According to him, medication and meditation helps keep it under control but sadly depression is somewhat like cancer (yes in fact). If the person isn’t careful with one's physical and mental health, chances of relapse are very high. My friend knew he had to seek medical intervention when he became extremely violent even without any provocation.
Given this very high prevalence of Depression which is often under-reported, it is a need that people also make an attempt to manage this condition through various lifestyle and cognitive changes. Let’s get into some Ways to Overcome Depression or control it to an extent that it does not hamper our everyday life.
Accept that you have a problem which needs medical intervention. The first step is the most difficult but that is the only way to move forward to better living. One can't stay stuck in this endless loop of sadness and despair. According to WHO, 4.5% of Indian's population (2015) suffers from depression. And this is the statistics from those who chose to seek help. Many live in denial and don't accept they need help till it's too late. In 2012, an average of 371 suicides daily were reported which could have been easily prevented with early detection and intervention.
2. Seek Help
Take the next step and seek help from anyone-friends, family, parents, trusted companions, professionals or just go for online counseling anonymously. The point here is SEEK HELP, DO IT, talk to anyone but take the initiative to take control of your mental and emotional health. The mind is like a garden. It can either have roses or weeds, the choice would depend on your courage or fear.