Depression is an illness which affects nearly 20 million people per year. Its effects can range from mildly bothersome to outright dangerous. Its symptoms can range from a case of the seasonal blahs to a fixation with suicidal thoughts which can end very badly for the person concerned, and possibly some of their friends and loved ones as well. In any event, depression is a very real illness, which is never to be downplayed or trifled with. You should never think that a week long bout of the “blues” is simply the result of the dark winter season, or losing a loved one, traumatic as such an event may be. Sometimes the very feelings we take most for granted are the feelings that hurt us the most!
Depression, as an illness, comes in several different types, ranging from mild to chronic to severe to major depressive disorder. You will need to consult with your doctor to determine which grade of depression, if any, best suits you. Perhaps the best clue to determining whether you really are suffering from some sort of depression is to ask yourself, “Am I really feeling more down than normal (or whatever is normal for me)? Have I felt this way for quite some number of days now? Do I feel like this bad stretch of the blues is going to go away soon?” If the answer is “no”, or even “maybe not”, then it may be time to consult a doctor and ask him if you might need to be diagnosed with some form of depression.
What Does Chronic Depression Feel Like?
One of the most common varieties of depressive illness is chronic depression. While not the most severe of known depressive illnesses, it can certainly feel like a lead weight attached to the soul of someone who suffers with it. Feelings of loss and longing, which you may not even able to
What Does Depression Feel Like?
account for the source of, may weigh heavily on your heart. You may feel completely unmotivated, even unable to get out of bed. You may simply feel as if nothing is worth the doing, or ever was. These are all symptoms associated with chronic depression, which is called “chronic” because these feelings recur over a period of several, or many days. These feelings may even begin to occur all throughout your life, with no end in sight or even possible, unless you make the decision to seek help!
You may feel some physical symptoms as well, such as dizziness, nausea, or a feeling of vertigo when you finally get out of bed and walk around some. Overall, you may well feel as if life has lost its purpose, or that you have simply lost your way inside of a huge maze with no exit. You may feel the urge to cry out for help, or simply for some sort of attention to your feelings, but may believe that no one cares – or, worse, that no one is there that knows how to help you, even if they cared.
There are other, troubling, feelings, such as a sensation of impending disaster or doom, which may overtake your thoughts, and hold them seemingly for hostage. You should know that you never have to suffer these terrible feelings alone. There certainly is help available, and someone does care! You just have to make the tiny effort to call out for the help you need – or trust a loved one or friend to summon that help to you.
What Does Severe Depression Feel Like?
A more severe variety of depression -hence the name, severe- is one that leaves its sufferers with acute feelings of dislocated emotions, anxiety, paranoia, violent swings of mood, and even severe rages and blackouts during which one may be prone to any number of irrational acts, for which you may have no explanation for the cause of, or even a memory of, after it has ended. Severe depression symptoms may range from catatonia (lying in bed, unwilling or unable to move) to the rages and tantrums described above, which may result in physical violence to the self (mutilation, suicide) or to others (including, ultimately, murder).
Severe depression, because of its wide range of symptoms, is much easier to pinpoint in a patient than milder forms of depressive illness. But because the symptoms may be more volatile in such an individual, it may be harder to persuade them to seek help. Indeed, many sufferers of severe or major depressive disorder go undiagnosed and untreated – until they commit some irrational or heinous act which puts them squarely in the spotlight of the authorities, by which point it may well be too late!
This is not to suggest that all sufferers of severe depression will go on to become raging, homicidal lunatics – far from it. Nonetheless, depression in its severe stages is known to progress bit by bit in some individuals, until it becomes simply too much to bear. Before you let severe or major depression break you down, please log on to the internet and research for yourself what the symptoms are. If nothing else, you may at least reassure yourself that your own condition is not so bad – not yet.
If the person you love or have known as a friend for many years begins to suddenly act different – acting very slow, showing no interest in things that they once used to love, or begins speaking in cryptic, morose riddles about morbid subjects- they may well be suffering from a depressive illness. For those of you reading this who may suspect a close friend or loved one of suffering from a severe depressive disorder, please do the research as suggested, or contact a doctor who can help you decide on which (if any) further steps need to be taken. Remember, the person who is afflicted with such an illness may not always be able to recognize that fact and, thus, be able to help themselves. Sometimes it takes a concerned parent, friend, or spouse, to step in and make the call!