Actor Gordon Pinsent funded a short film about depression. It premiered at the Canadian Film Fest in Toronto. Click here for more information.
Some of the symptoms of depression are:
•Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness or hopelessness
•Loss of interest or pleasure in usually enjoyed activities
•Change in weight or appetite
•Decreased energy or fatigue (without significant physical exertion)
•Thoughts of death
•Poor concentration of difficulty making decisions
Causes of depression include genetics, circumstances in a person’s life, and health problems. According to the World Health Organization, over 350 million people around the world suffer from depression. (Source)
My Experience with Depression
I’ve suffered from depression, and I’ve had people in my life who also suffer from depression.
When a loved one suffers from depression, you want to help them. However, some people are so depressed, they don’t want to help themselves. These people have entered a black hole, and they want to pull their friends, family, and significant other with them.
Some people who suffer from depression feel like they can’t control their thoughts and feelings. To compensate, these people try to the control everything else. For example, you may be an adult, and your parents stills tries to control every aspect of your life. If you don’t you do what your parents say, they will punish you mainly with guilt trips.
I’ve seen a psychologist when I was a teenager. It helped a bit, but not much. I’ve also taken antidepressants in the past. However, taking medication don’t solve the problems in your life. There are a lot of things in my life that makes me depressed. However, I’ve developed two coping mechanisms.
The first coping mechanism that I’ve developed: do something creative. I write stories, and create graphic art to cope with my depression. My second coping mechanism is exercise. If it’s not too cold out, I’ll go for a long walk. Other times, I’ll run on the treadmill.
Of course, what works for me, doesn’t work for everybody.
In conclusion, depression is like a black hole, it sucks you into a dark and empty void that will destroy you. However, unlike black holes, you can get out depression. Although, it is a lot easier said than done.