6 Things Only People With Depression Can Truly Understand

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With 350+ million people struggling to cope with depression on a day-to-day basis, it’s become a pivotal topic of discussion.  As with any subject in the world of mental health, it’s hard to describe or articulate into words. This can pose a series of problems for those who are diagnosed.

The common symptoms include feeling sluggish, fatigued, and unable to cope with the world around you. However, there are multiple dimensions to depression that go unnoticed.

Here are six things depression sufferers can relate to.

1) Depression Being Confused With Sadness

This can be blamed on the English language. The term, “depressed” is often used to describe the feeling of unhappiness. For this reason, people assume whenever a person is dealing with depression, they’re simply sad. However, there is a lot more to the medical condition.

Depression has numerous layers that all come together to impact a sufferer.

Sadness is often lower on the totem pole if a list were to be made.

2) Major Physical Symptoms

Yes, mental health is more than what’s going on in your head. Due to the brain and how it functions, you’re going to notice several physical symptoms while struggling with depression.

This is common in most patients.

Depression leads to various physical symptoms such as headaches, joint pain, nausea, muscle fatigue, and more. Each sufferer has something unique they deal with, and that is what makes depression a painful ordeal to tackle and manage. The physical symptoms can be unrelenting if the right treatments aren’t sought out.

3) Lack of Energy Doesn’t Go Away With A Nap

The average person will assume a lack of energy can be overcome with a simple nap. While this would be ideal, it is never the case with those who are combating depression. The sluggishness is continuous and saps every ounce of energy out of one’s body.

It can become impossible to do simple tasks. Even something as simple as watching TV can be arduous for those with depression.

You find it impossible to focus on anything whether it’s work or conversations with your loved ones.

You could sleep all day and still feel the same way.

4) Hard To Communicate Emotions

The symptoms (mental and physical) are tangible, but you’ll never know how to describe them because they’re layered together. For example, how are you going to explain the connection between your headache and your depression? The average person will tell you to take a pain killer, but you’ll know that’s not the answer.

This starts to arise in every walk of life for those dealing with depression.

You find it hard to communicate emotions. Most people aren’t sympathetic towards what they’re going through, and in fact, only 25% will care enough.  It becomes even harder because depression leads one to think people don’t understand. They already have a cynical view of the world, and this gets exacerbated.

5) Fun Things Become Distasteful

Loved going to the movies? What about eating chocolate? What about hanging out with your best friends?

Well, if you are dealing with depression, it can quickly change in a jiffy. You might not want to do those things any longer because they’re boring or impossible to enjoy. Your mind starts to wander, and that is when depression kicks in.

Depression has a way with the mind and how you think about the world around you. Everything starts to lose its color, and you don’t find it as amusing as you did before. Many patients find this hard to cope with early on and sometimes well into their condition.

6) Everyone Is Different

Yes, this is something depression sufferers can relate to. You could have ten depression patients sitting in the same room, and no two will be alike in their symptoms.

Each person goes through his or her own battle. It’s unique in most ways.

This is hard for others to understand and that can lead to uninformed suggestions for what to do.

These are a list of things depression sufferers relate to and understand as a part of their day-to-day life. Countless advancements are being made in treating depression along with spreading the word about mental health. However, many steps still have to be taken.