What does depression feel like? J.K. Rowling described it perfectly when she developed the "Dememtors" in the Harry Potter series. These creatures, that suck the happiness from your soul, came from her experience with the beast of depression.
Others describe depression as going through life in a fog feeling like you go through your day with cinderblocks on your legs and arms just wanting to sleep your life away unable to function even with small everyday tasks. i.e making that peanut butter and jelly sandwich is just TOO MUCH WORK
Depression is a mental disorder that robs us of our life. Statistics tell us that 6.7 percent of adult Americans suffer from depression and one in eight adolescents struggle with depression.
I find the most interesting statistic on depression is that women are plagued with depression twice that of men, regardless of their race, ethnicity and financial status.
If you have suffered from depression for more that 24 hours, from my perspective, you have suffered too long. I help clients come to understand their depression as an external controllable force. Much like the Dementors, there is a method to fighting this force. This method involves learning more about yourself, arming yourself with a toolbox of tips and tricks and sometimes, medication. When you are "going through" depression, it's the small changes that make a positive impact. Start by being mindful of the music you listen to or the movies you watch. That tearjerker Lifetime special may not be the best choice right now. While comfort foods are best, high carb meals add to feeling sluggish, which isn't productive at all. And PLEASE be mindful of the words you say to yourself. Treat yourself with care and compassion as you would for your best friend. Navigating depression is when you need to practice compassion and empathy the most. So if you, or someone you know, battles with the beast of depression remember you are not alone. Together we can overcome.