Depression has been a part of my life since I was a teenager, but recently the signs have become more severe. I’ve noticed changes in my attitude and outlook on life that are different than what I’m used to feeling. Instead of feeling happiness and joy, my thoughts and feelings have become much darker.
I knew I needed help so I started to research more about depression in order to understand what’s happening to me. I learned that there are different types of depression, all with unique ways of expressing themselves— from mild to extreme cases. It was eye-opening for me to learn the signs of severe depression and recognize them within myself.
The most concerning thing is that when severe depression takes over, it can be really difficult to find a way back out— especially without professional help. Fortunately, talking with a mental health provider has helped me identify positive strategies like journaling, exercise, and setting limits on technology usage that make it easier for me to cope with my emotions. They’ve also allowed me to develop an understanding of how medications can provide support while making healthier lifestyle choices.
It’s taken a lot of work on my part, but having this knowledge has given me the power to take control over my feelings instead of seeing them dictate my life. With the right help behind me, I feel like I can finally make progress towards finding freedom from depression’s many challenges.