Let’s face it. Depression is one of those topics you can discuss as much as you want, but still there won’t be enough awareness of it. People suffer from it. And heck, people even die from it. One might even say that depression is a civilisation illness– since there is probably noone who doesn’t know what it feels like to be depressed from a personal experience. For what it’s worth, despite all the discussion around this topic, there is still not enough awareness on how to recognise depression, how to cure it, or how to get better. That’s why being depressed is so dangerous.
It just feels like people nowadays don’t really understand the full impact of deteriorating mental health. That’s why I’d like to dedicate next few lines to the question “Why is depression dangerous?” I believe, as many others that once we learn the full impact of this illness on human psyche, we might be able to understand and help people suffering from depression to get better once again. The following cathegories stem for the most part out of mistaking sadness for depression and vice versa. This is an in-depth analysis on to what makes depression so dangerous, focused on an impact it has on one’s life.
Depression changes your perception of the world
Probably the most dangerous aspect of depression is that it changes how you perceive the world around you. Colours are dimmer, sun shines without you feeling it and there is just no joy in the world. But what does it mean? Seeing a world a little darker is not as bad alone. Being pessimistic opens up your mind to some new perspective. But depression goes even further, when it puts your mind into a veil of darkness. This often reflects in apathy and neglect. And if you live with depression for long, chances are it changes the way you make decisions, takes away motivation and shifts your mindset away from your priorities.
This does not neccessarily reflect only in apathy towards the outside environment- you are not capable of thinking straight. Every decision you make, every step you take and everything you do is based on this shifted mindset. That’s why depression often leads to neglect and bad life decisions, which, given enough time, can ruin your life in a long run.
Living with depression doesn’t automatically mean that you are just lying in your bed, incapable of doing a routine stuff on a daily basis. Of course, when depression hits the rock bottom, you are just going through days unable to do any simple task. But that’s not how it starts. Depression can develop and has many faces. And the worst part is, once it starts you don’t even know your judgement is clouded at a first place.
Depression often comes when you least expect it
Depression might very well start growing its roots in your brain after a few bad days. It often manifests itself first when we face an issue that we can’t handle in a short term. Of course, there are people who are naturally susceptible to feel depressed, but for the most part it goes without saying that depression is caused by an event in your life you just don’t know how to handle. These problems might be related to work stress, family quarrels, feelings of loneliness…
It’s really hard to pinpoint exactly the problems causing it and it’s even harder to solve those problems, once you feel like just floating through life without a purpose. And that’s really what’s unique about being depressed- you can’t treat depression, without you first knowing what caused it. A very first step is always to analyse what the root problems are and then try to fix them. Once you know what you stand up against, you can treat depression as well.
Depression drains all your energy away
Another specialty of depression is that it’s capable of sucking all your energy away throughout a day. This is not just an apathy- it literally takes all your willpower and throws it in the garbage. There is only one thing for you to do- and that’s nothing for a whole day. Even routine habits throughout a day seem hard to do. Of course, if you can’t get yourself up and at least brush your teeth in the morning, it’s near to impossible to do anything else- interact with people in the work, do your usual chores and so on.
This energy drainage is directly proportional to how hard a depression hit you. The chances are you might feel a little bit lazy at its early stages. You might even start to question your daily routine for a bit first- which doesn’t neccessarily mean you are depressed.
Depression makes you depressed even more
With all those responsibilities and duties running away, you might start to feel like life itself is just too much to handle. Hours, days and weeks have passed and you don’t feel any better. What’s more, people around you started to notice your apathy and neglect. All those activities connected to your status of wife, husband, employee, are still out there waiting for someone to pick them up. And your pile just grows and grows. You feel disgusted just by thinking about how much of it is there. You know it will have to be done at some point, but it won’t be today. That, in turn, makes you even more disgusted and fed up with your life- even more depressed. It’s a constant loop without an end. Your life stands still, without any chances to get anywhere without an intervention.
Depression makes people avoid you
The veil on your eyes and corrupted mindset start to reflect on to people around you. Your friends feel there’s something wrong, but most of them have their own responsibilities and don’t have time to deal with your negativity. If this goes on for some time, they might even begin to deliberately avoid any contact with you. And would you blame them? All that apathy and negativity is very tough to break. In fact, it’s not only your sorry state that makes them feel uneasy around you- depression is like a poisonous cloud and nobody wants to share this one with you.
Of course, the very first thing that could make you feel better at least for a while is a contact with other people. A positive experience. Your presense however is not pleasant at all and that’s why you ended up excluded from all that’s happening outside of your bedroom. That’s how depression destroys your social status and all those relationships you worked so hard to maintain.
There is no final cure for depression
Depression is deeply intertwined with issues that caused it. In fact, that means there is no definite cure for it at all- first thing’s first, you have to resolve issues causing it first to start a healing process. That’s why there is no final cure for depression. Sometimes, when you have some brighter days, you might feel like it’s never coming back, only for it to strike you when you expect it the least again. That’s what happens when problems in life are not solved, but rather postphoned, if possible. A momentary improvement that ends up in a relapse. The only definite cure for depression is therefore to solve all your problems that caused it. And sometimes, life helps us with that. Sometimes, our problems solve themselves. But for the most part, they don’t and we end up where we left off.
Depression makes you unstable
Life goes on even when you are depressed. That means there are constantly new issues and problems you have to solve, some even caused by your mental state. These problems only add to your sorry state and what’s even worse- when decisions have to be made it’s very likely you end up choosing poorly, or not choosing at all. After some time, these bad decisions might backfire very rapidly and that only leads to more and more bad choices. Your otherwise solid life thus becomes unstable. And it’s not only your life that’s unstable, but your reactions as well.
Who knows what your quick fix for the next problem might be? Quick fixes often lead to avoidable situations. But at this point you can’t see things clearly, so you might end up damaging yourself, your life and lives of your friends too. Your decision- making process resembles an upward spiral to hell. And being in this situation is very dangerous, since it’s only a matter of time before you snap. Depression pushes your limits and there is just no way it can’t make your life even more untolerable and miserable. You are passing a point of no return, at least from your own perspective. The last straw breaks only when you stop caring about anything in life. That’s the ultimate form of depression– and the most dangerous one.
Do you have any experience with depression?
How does one get better?
Do you think depression is often underestimated?