Almost every year, hundreds of people slip into depression in this city and other parts of the country. Unfortunately, most do not even recognise that they are suffering from a mental illness…
Depression is an emotional state that may or may not be abnormal and that has many possible causes. The most severe among them is clinical depression pr major depressive disorder.
However recently there have been a lot of people talking about their journey of recovering from depression. Pune365 spoke to few people to know their recovery through depression.
Depression was a very difficult phase of my life. It is hard to recognise that you are suffering from it, says Rachel D’mello, theatre artist.
When I tried to speak to my family and friends, most of them just said that I should start working again or I am just trying to gain sympathy which was one of the worst things.
The most important and essential stage when trying to get out of depression is realising that you are indeed going through it.
The next is consulting a therapist who will help you to overcome it. The process is very simple, but, your journey will be successful only if you help yourself. I was prescribed medicines which had help me sleep better. I was asked to enhance my diet and told to have some physical activity for at least 45 mins which made me feel fresh.
There were lot of sessions with the counsellor who push me, encouraged me for my skills and kept me positive and within a year, I was completely fine.
My life has changed completely. Believe in yourself and be ready to change is the key, Rachel added
Shreyas Nair, software professional says, “When I look back, I realised that the last two years have been life changing in every way.
There have been times when it was immensely tough and there was times when I felt nothing has happened.
But, am glad that I got through it and it was one of the most powerful experiences I had. Recovering from depression is not easy. Many told me that I was weak, overthinking and because of which I never thought of seeking help.
Shreyas further shares, One fine day I just thought of speaking to a psychiatrist after which I realised that am one among the thousands of people who fail to recognise depression.
I went through complete treatment for depression. I was made to read good books which inspired me positively. Trusting my intuition also played a vital role in my recovery.
Eat well, sleep well and meditate. Follow these three things and you’ll get cured in no time.
Today, I feel much stronger and know much more about depression and the problems associated with it. In India, not many people have enough awareness on depression, because of which they don’t accept it or be supportive. This then leads to the affected people committing suicide, adds Nair.
Reacting to this, a city based psychologist says, “Depression is a major issue in the city. Hundreds of people are fighting depression in Pune.
The first step in the recovery process is to recognise it. Persistent sadnesses, change in sleep and eating habits are common symptoms.
Symptoms of depression may different from person to person . A major depressive disorder is differentiated from normal sadness. You may be suffering from a major depressive disorder if you have constant thoughts about suicide or death.
In such circumstances, you must get help immediately.
It is heartening to see when people get over depression without causing much harm to themselves and others. Treating depression depends on the severity of depression a person is suffering from.
Some common types of depression are major or clinical depression, dysthymia and postpartum depression.
In most of the treatments, patients are prescribed anti-depressants, unless there is a need of Psychotherapy. This can be as effective as medication.
The recovery is however only possible when a patient decides to get better, he added.
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