Depression and Anxiety: symptoms, treatment, self-care, and first aid

Updated: Sep 18, 2020

This pandemic has brought a bunch of mental health issues in people. Lockdown has tarnished people to the fullest, and mostly emotionally. Social distancing might be helpful to stop circulating the virus, but it has harmed people from inside. From the last 4 months; the whole world has confronted a terrible effect on human behavior due to quarantine obligations.

Maintaining distance from family and friends might have decreased the virus spread, but it has vastly brought the issues of depression and anxiety among people. This trouble has been enlightened recently after the suicide case of an Indian celebrity, who was battling depression.

Being a patient of anxiety, I have personally experienced the most atrocious and horrible phase of mental trauma. There was a time when I was in complete fear of life due to an anxiety attack. I had an unrecognized fear of death, and that dilemma left me uncontrollable. I was rushed to the infirmary, as my family couldn’t bear my pain. They led me to an emergency department. I was begging the doctors to save me, though all my vitals came perfectly fine. Consequently, they had no treatment for my condition. As for them, I was physically fine and it was a psychiatric disorder. I was referred to a psychiatrist, and all she could manage to calm me down was making me sleep. Apparently, I was discharged with no serious diagnosis, and the treatment continued with CPT (cognitive behavioral therapy) sessions and later with medication.

Depression and anxiety are believed to stem from the same biological vulnerability, which may explain why they so often go hand-in-hand. Since anxiety makes depression worse (and vice versa), it’s important to seek treatment for both conditions.

However, depression breaks a person slowly, but very deep. It's high time for everyone to be mindful of each symptom of it. So it could be cured before the time is passed.

Lately, the issue was raised and many people carried their concerns on social media. Here the question comes up - Is it enough to offer help on a public platform? That if anyone is feeling lonely, we are open to talk!!! NO...

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Firstly, it's extremely essential to understand that, the most common effect of depression begins when people start cornering themselves from social gatherings. They start feeling lonely and therefore it kills the desire to share feelings with others. Every single person is different. But as per the studies suggest, depression slays a soul from deep down. That person will never accept in public about its condition. Therefore, offering assistance on social media will not help the victim.

Secondly, it's very vital to understand the basic symptoms of mental illness. Then you can treat yourself or people close to you. The first and foremost thing is to be aware of your family and their behavior. If hopelessness and despair reflect through anybody’s actions. That is alarming!! And needs to be taken care of. There could be other symptoms like lifelessness, loss of interest, trouble in focus, apathetic, reckless behavior, rudeness, frequent anger, or restlessness. However, the serious condition needs an immediate consultation with a specialist.

REMEMBER... Depression is a major risk factor for suicide. The deep despair and hopelessness that goes along with depression can make suicide feel like the only way to escape the pain. If a person is feeling violent or suicidal, medication becomes imperative. At this point, the only family can bring the victim back to its normal phase.

Subsequently, this article intends to spread awareness of these symptoms. So the family itself becomes the first aid for this disease. Instead of offering help in public, make sure you are cognizant of your closed ones and their mental status. #depressionoranxiety #beingaware #loveyourfamily

#InMyWords #mindfulness


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