How depression affects you?

by Onyinye Ogbuka
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How depression affects you?

Depression affects you in so many ways that you cannot possibly begin to imagine. This is why it is important to know how to identify it and nip it the bud in the early stages so that you don’t fall prey to its debilitating effect.

These are the following ways in which depression affects you.

Health; Depression is a mood disorder and is associated with mental health. Depression has a serious effect on mental health. The mental health begins to be at risk when a person house consistently has negative thoughts it keeps developing over time. This changes the person’s outlook on life and creates a negative mindset which makes the person lose interest in every activity including activities that he or she once enjoyed.

Body; depression starts in the mind and spews into the body. At this point, the person loses interest in doing anything or loses interest in any activity. The person also does not desire to take on any task. Consequently, the person becomes tired bodily-wise, and the energy levels of the person are low. They don’t desire to take on any activity nor do they even have the strength to take on that activity. Depression can also lead to other kinds of bodily diseases like cardiovascular diseases. This is because a part of their brain is sending stress signals to the heart and this is dangerous.

Career; depression can lead to the loss of a person’s job. A person who is depressed naturally loses interest in his or her job. If they do not lose interest, due to the distraction in their mind, they are likely to perform woefully at work which may lead to the employer firing them from work.

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Relationship; depression makes a person lose interest in his relationships. This could be a romantic relationship, it could be a family relationship, or it could just be a normal relationship like friendship. Depression makes one desire to be alone and not be around people and even if a depressed person is around people he or she is most likely to react negatively to situations that either irritate or makes them nervous. A depressed person is more likely to say hurtful things that would hurt an average person who is in a relationship with them without the need to apologize.

What do you do when you are depressed

Get a therapist; it is important that you get a therapist because getting a therapist is as good as treating your depression. The depression might not be the issue itself, it could be the underlying factors that are sponsoring your depression. So it’s important you get a therapist, who can help you get to the root of the underlying factors and help you treat these issues so you can get better.

Get a support system; getting a support system will make the journey of recovery easier because you mustn’t be alone in your journey as this makes it easier for you. Have someone in your corner you can always pour your frustrations out to. You can talk to a family member or a friend who you are sure is most likely going to be there for you when you need them.

Get out; getting out is important on your journey of recovery because this will help lift your mood and take your mind off the things that are making you depressed. You can either decide to spend more time with family, hang out more with friends or just get a new hobby. The most important thing is you do something that you love and that makes you happy. Getting out with a depressed mood is not easy but over time it becomes easier to deal with it and this is what most therapists advise their clients to do.

How depression affects your brain?

Depression affects your ability to process new information and also makes it hard to distinctly distinguish similar events which most scholars refer to as pattern separation impairment.

How depression affects your relationship

  • Loss of desire to talk to family members
  • Easily irritated at family members
  • Declining invitation to events
  • Ignoring friends
  • Desiring to spend time alone.
  • Hurting a loved one not minding their feelings.

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