Depression can be life-changing. It’s not your average case of the Mondays, or a bad hair day. It’s not sadness, or short bouts of typical depression brought on by life’s circumstances. It’s feeling like your body is made of lead, not wanting to get out of bed and shower, thinking your existence is meaningless and sometimes, wanting to die and even getting to the point of actually trying to take your life.
How do I know? Because I’ve been there. As a recovering alcoholic, my addiction went hand in hand with depression. I can still remember feeling like a cold hand was gripping my heart, the listlessness, the mental fog and the existential darkness. At first I felt helpless and thought I would not be able to smile or feel joy, ever again. But in time and practicing a variety of approaches, I made friends with my illness and learned to live with it. I am no longer in that dark place, although I have bad days, and I want to tell others who may still be in the grips of despair that it is possible to climb out. It is possible to laugh again. But you need to always be vigilant and ready for when it creeps up again unexpectedly. The first step towards recovery, I know, is to understand your condition and accept it.
WHAT IS CLINICAL DEPRESSION?
Most of us have felt sad or even depressed at some time or another. It´s normal to feel this way after a loss, a life-altering roadblock or severe illness. However, when these feelings last for weeks, months or even years, we are talking about clinical depression.
WebMD cites clinical depression symptoms as: