Depression awareness and management

Ordinary sadness

The normalcy of unhappiness is less acknowledged by our society that strives for perfection (which itself is a myth of perception). Dissatisfaction, sadness, frustration and discontentment are all customary reactions to anomalous events. What one chooses to do with them takes them on the path to personal growth and transformation versus depression and melancholy. Nonetheless cognizance of the direction one is about to take is imperative to offer an understanding of ones own psychological processes. There are things we know; and then there are the masked and unknown subtleties that escape our eye. Identification of trouble is the first most important step for solving it. Clarifying the myths about depression is essential.

No one is immune

Often prevalent are the self-preserving thoughts of immunity to psychological troubles. These apparently protective instincts eventually lead to destruction of the self with the over compensation effort. There is no vaccination that assures employees any protection from psychological weakness. Positive attitudes and appropriate coping defenses do safeguard, but if one feels the symptoms, it is prudent to manage it wisely. Depression is debilitating for the individual as well as for the organization.

The mind and body are connected

Few realize the connection between the mind and the remainder of the human body. All physiological impacts in the body are linked with psychological processes in the emotional brain of every individual. Sleep, appetite, fatigue, laziness, stomachache, indigestion, diarrhea, and headache; even osteoporosis and cancers are linked to diminished immunity owing to depression and stress. The mind and body work in synch; to get the best outcome, both need to be nurtured and nourished else one or both of them give way and sanity get out of hand. While the working environment has its contributions to contentment and satisfaction, subtle contributions from stressors can lead to subclinical depression.

Everyone is fighting a battle

Most people have problems, some fail to show them to others. Abraham Lincoln fell into deep depression after the death of his first love. He is claimed to have suffered depression all his life; he nonetheless did run for presidency and did impact the world in irrevocably positive ways. Investing in luck is a big gamble. Creating luck is more plausible. Everyone is fighting a battle; some hide their wounds and offer smiles. It is wise to be sensitive to the pain of others as well as ones own.

MINDFRAMES: Battling depression

By 2030, depression will be deadliest killer disease only second to HIV/AIDS. One in every 4 individuals has a chance of developing depression at least once in their lifetime. It must be an organizational goal as well as ethical responsibility to make people aware of subtle signs and symptoms of psychological wellness so people are able to observe their deficit as signs of illness and take appropriate steps to correct it.

Signs of depression

Depression is so much commoner than we realize. Keep a watch!

  • Persistent prolonged sad mood
  • Lack of interest in fun activities
  • Inability to concentrate like before
  • Change in the sleep pattern
  • Change from the usual appetite
  • Lack of sexual desire and energy
  • Physical or emotional weakness
  • Feeling that life is not worth living

Simple tips and techniques

While depression as a disorder is debilitating and requires psychiatric attention, one can attempt to cope with sadness and bad moods by adopting some of these changes

  • Taking a break from work
  • Building on social support
  • Managing one’s time better
  • Identifying work stressors
  • Improving work life balance
  • Improving work relationships
  • Speaking to a professional
  • Trying yoga and relaxation
  • Improving on sleep and diet
  • Making the most of free time
  • Indulging in a hobby: any kind
  • Speaking to a professional

Depression is not a stigma

People need to realize: depression is an illness that needs treatment.

  • Help is readily available
  • Treatment always works
  • People can overcome this
  • Normal life always follows
  • All one needs is timely help