Depression is a feeling of extreme sadness, leaving an individual empty from within. It’s a feeling that destroys one’s-self worth and the depressed person drifts towards self-isolation. Although depression is a common mental health problem it’s not well-defined. It is not a one-size-fits-all condition. People suffering from depression might be driven by varied reasons and would require different approaches as treatment.
Many people battle with depression silently, they are afraid to express their pain to others fearing of being judged by family and society. They fear stigmatization and social isolation from the society. Disclosing their pain becomes the biggest challenge for them.
So, why depict depression as a perplexed situation?
We can understand the deep rooted problems of depression by taking different examples and the different ways they were treated. Here are a few individual cases of depression in people:
The first example is of a PHD student named Kate who was experiencing a writer’s block and unable to submit her PHD thesis, which was long overdue. She was constantly admonished by her boyfriend for not being able to show her competency in completing her PHD. Her family doctor recommended her to seek professional counseling.
She went through psychological counseling which revealed the root cause of her depression. She had experienced a neglected childhood, devoid of attention from her parents. She has also experienced separation anxiety due to the divorce of her parents. Her parents always valued money and measured success on basis of materialistic gains. Kate’s academic career was considered poor by her parents. Her inner apprehensions in trying to prove herself to her parents stood as a barrier in succeeding in her academic career.
The second example is of an occupational therapist named Jane.
The most traumatic incident of her life was when she lost her only friend, her younger brother in a road accident. For a decade she and her parents never expressed their grief in front of each other. She was not only bearing the pain of loss of her brother but she was heartbroken and disappointed at her parents who forgot her brother immediately after his death. Through several counseling sessions and family therapy Jane and her parents were able to vent out their grief and express their emotions to each other. Overwhelming emotion and grief was the cause of her depression.
The third example was of Mary who was having trouble connecting to her newborn. She was feeling sad about her baby and felt agitated while her baby cries. She was not able to bond with her child and was feeling guilty from inside for not being able to connect as a mother. It was through counseling she was found to be suffering from post partum depression or post natal depression, which was the driving reason for her malady. This type of depression is also called as baby blues. Encouragement, reassurance and meeting other mothers with similar condition and antidepressant medicines enabled her to become a confident mother and come out of her baby blues.
The fourth example is of Jennie who is in her late 70s. She lost considerable amount of weight. She was run through a battery of tests and was suspected to have cancer. But via counseling it was revealed that she had inner grief engulfing her after the loss of her husband. She felt all alone. Here, her grief took a malignant form. It not just triggered depression but it also lead to a metabolism change, which changed her appetite. She was not able to bond with her children. Though repeated session, she was able to overcome her grief and establish a loving relationship with her children and family once again.
In all the above examples, it was unearthed that the victims’ moods plummeted as they were all grappling with “depression”. But they differed in the way they were treated. Depression is a common term but the reason for depression might vary from person to person. Hence, the mode of treatment should be customized for each patient depending on the severity and underlying reason for the condition. Combining medication, psychotherapies and help from support groups have worked wonders for many patients.
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