It is a very complex emotional phenomenon, painful up to agony and extremely perfidious.
Managing the depression takes time, it does not disappear from one day to another. The progress comes gradually, in stages.
The first mistakes we can make when dealing with depression is to handle it as a simple sad feeling (“I’m just fine, only a bad day”, “I’m just not in the mood”), to ignore it (“Again, I’m fine, I just didn’t sleep well”), to be arrogant about it (“I’m handling this!”, “oh, come on, you’ll be just fine, you’ll see”).
As against many opinions found on forums, expressed by people suffering from it for years, depression can be managed. By its nature, depression will make it difficult for you to ask for help. Still, I advise you to seek help, even if you don’t believe in a solution anymore.
It is an illness that has been investigated and continues to be. There have been discovered already many methods and medication treatments. So my objective here is not to make a summary of depression, as I would only be able to make an introduction.
I want to synthesize some resources in English that can help in better understanding it. There are so many that you can get lost. The main important thing when searching for information is to look for facts, studies, opinions expressed by the experts, NOT what various people are saying on the internet!
The National Institutes of Health has a specific page: Depression. The articles and information are presented clearly and have references to studies or researches. You can read more about medication, treatments that are used and their results or effects.
You can also find online instruments for (self) diagnosing the presence or levels of depression./em> I advise you to be very cautious when self-diagnosing, as there are many factors to confuse you (own thoughts, self-confidence, lack of expertize and so on). The best would be to talk with an expert (therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist) upon the results you get. They can guide you through the next steps.
- Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS)
- Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD)
- Zung’s Self-Rating Depression Scale
In case of crisis, for the one suffering or for those close to someone suffering, there are phone numbers or hotlines that can be accessed 24 h / day. Usually there are trained volunteers that are prepared to offer support. Statistics show an increasing prevalence in depression. Knowing we can call a trained person in a crisis is important not because we might think we would need it, but because we might use this solution for someone close to us.
- Depression chat rooms – here it seems you can choose the country / region to find out who to call
- US and UK helplines
- Free phone line in Romania: Phone: 0800 801 802 or 116 123