How many hours a day do you feel happy? Or, how many hours a week do you feel happy? For some people, getting through a day could be very overwhelming. It’s hard to tell if a person is depressed unless they break down in front of you or manage to tell you themselves. I’m gonna share a story………
A lady shared back a smiling picture she took a very long time ago. In which she captioned…….”The depression I was spiraling into at this particular moment in time wow. And all my posts are so “smiley and happy” hmm social media!
I joined this particular social media just at the moment I started becoming depressed, my close relatives will always confront me that I’m depressed which I denied like Errrrrr what? Nope!
She shared another smiling picture of her beside a beach. She said at that point, she was only feeling a dark cloud hovering over her. It was then she discovered how depressed she was. One day she was given a form to fill when she went to America, she got home and began to fill out the form. She got to the last page and it’s all about Mental health analysis.
Questions like : How many hours a day do you feel happy? She tried to calculate and she couldn’t answer it.
Next question : How many hours a week do you feel happy? This one she could answer. It was at that moment of calculating how many hours a week she felt happy that she stopped and said yoooooooo!!!!
1-2 hours a week was her answer by the way. I cried, the type of cry that can’t talk or catch your breath. “She said.”
What’s going on? “She asked herself.”
The only way she could describe the feeling was, I had been underwater, darky murky water this whole time and answering those questions, she finally got five minutes of fresh air.
Actually to me, becoming aware that she’s been depressed is 50% of the battle won already!
At that point, she knew that year was going to be the new start of her. Depression is debilitating, some people understand it, some think it is an attention calling. I finally got stronger that my depression “she said.”
If you think someone around you is depressed, be patient with them please. They might not even know it.
Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something special in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best. Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. Forget the mistake of the past and press onto the greater achievement of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time to critize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger.”
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Omo mehn reading this was like seeing the reality to this world. I can only imagine what it might have felt for her all these time she was trying to smile amidst all that depression state. But thankfully she is half way through it.
Which indeed is a Battle Won! Self awareness and fully in agreement of what’s wrong is really a breakthrough.
Wow. This is a good article.
There are millions out there who struggle with depression. There are different stages of depression depending on that, we should pay attention to people around us, starting from family, friends etc. Depression is real, and it is deep.
Nice article. Thumb up.
First, we need to acknowledge that “anybody” can fall into depression. Some people have the wrong idea that only introverted people have the tendency to become depressed. That is a lie, extroverts too can become depressed; The world has lost a long list of popular extroverted people (celebrities), who seemingly had life going good for them.
I think one of the most important things we need to do about depression is to educate more people, teach people how to detect the signals of depression early and the necessary steps to take.
The next thing is action. People don’t have to go through depression alone. Asking for help is not an easy thing for a lot of people. We need to create an atmosphere that makes it easier for people to call for help. We really need to stop being the self absorbed set of people that we currently are. We need to listen more and care better.
From my point of view depression,world at large is in depression,so for u to overcome ur depression learn how to make people around you feel ur present,there present will make u alive and ur present will make them alive.so let make our self available for others.
This is a really nice piece and as usual the writer didn’t fail to talk about what’s important, serious real life issues. Depression is fatal if not checked and how do we do that? We do that by talking about it, spreading awareness just like the writer here, taking action. The effect of depression ranges from serious mental problem to death. That should be scary enough for all of us to be taking action. A nice gesture can go a long way. Also, simple things such as listening, giving room for fellow passenger in a bus, etc. Being nice doesn’t cost anything, that’s the bottom line, be a friend. Let people know that there are a lot of things to be happy and thankful about in this world.