Depression: the wounds that never show
The phrase “I am depressed” is often misused. Depression is a really delicate psychological issue. It is very difficult to understand the state of depression if you are not in one. It is difficult to fathom the amount of low a depressed person might actually be feeling. Sometimes it is even difficult for the person who is suffering from depression to understand it sometime.
What are the signs that an individual is depressed?
The typical signs of depression would be:
- A persistent sad mood: having the feeling of sadness for two weeks or more. You don’t really have a particular reason to pinpoint but it gets difficult to get out of bed and start your day.
- You lose interest in your favorite things: the things that used to make you happy or bring a smile on your face does not change or uplift your mood at all. You are kind of bland towards everything.
- You find no fun or any kind of enjoyment about anything in life: something or some event that everyone is excited about and you can be utterly confused as to why you feel nothing.
- Loss of confidence in oneself: having absolutely no confidence in himself or herself. It stems from low self-esteem. Depressed people constantly undermine themselves and decide the worst about themselves.
- Always feeling like a burden to others: they feel like they are unlikeable or not good enough to fit into any group of people. They are never sure if anybody actually likes them or enjoys their company.
- Socializing becomes a challenge: due to the above-mentioned reason socializing slowly becomes a big “no-no” for them. The more they close themselves off from the world the more depressed they become. This leads to a vicious cycle.
- There is always a feeling of emptiness: it is a void that just cannot seem to be filled.
- They feel useless and the feel like unable to cope with life
- They feel absolutely bored at all times and exhausted.
- They feel overly anxious about everything going around them. Their low self-esteem directs them to such anxiousness.
- They do not see a future that they want to march ahead to. They feel exhausted living their day to day life and it is as if they are almost ready to give up.
- They have a poor memory and choose to forget events.
- They might get more aggressive and irritable: carrying the weight all alone makes them so.
How to help someone who is depressed?
Depressed individuals are fragile. You need to tread lightly. They are people who are low on energy, having a change in their eating pattern and tending towards drugs. You have to make sure whatever you do you do not make the condition worse. The first thing is identifying depression. You need to identify the condition as depression to actually be that delicate with someone. You can look out for the signs above to make sure of that. Once you confirm it the best thing is to listen. The easiest and the best thing you could do for the person from your part is to hear them out and let them get it out of their system. Once they are comfortable with you, you might give them advice or two but the best thing you could do is try to convince them to seek professional help. Things are meant to go smoothly from this portion as the difficult portion is over. The psychologist might suggest some medication or they can undergo transcranial magnetic stimulation.
What is transcranial magnetic stimulation?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a non-invasive way of stimulating the brain nerves with a magnetic field. This helps to make the symptoms of depression better. An electromagnetic coil is placed on the individual’s scalp and the impulse is passed which is not painful. This stimulates a mood control area of the brain. This area when stimulated works in a positive manner which helps to lower the symptoms of depression.
The price you might have to pay
Now, transcranial magnetic stimulation considered an almost completely safe procedure. It is painless and non-invasive but it might give you headaches, light-headedness, facial spasms and discomfort of the scalp where it was stimulated.
Sum it up
Usually talk therapy and medicines should be enough. If the depression is non-responsive to these two treatments you can opt for a TMS therapy for depression.