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Preventing Depression

Deep Dark World of Depression

"I’ve got 10,000 friends online who know everything about my life. My birthday, how I celebrated them, where I went for my vacation and what are the happy moments of my life. The joys of my life are all online.

But when I’m sad and depressed, I don’t want to put it online. Maybe because I don’t want my “friends” to know anything is wrong with my life. Because I want my life to be perfect for everyone else.

Also how many friends online will really help me when I need them the most? I have to deal with myself most of the time so they don't have to know anyway."

These are the words of a friend who is being treated for extreme mood swings and depression.

Social media is said to have a negative influence on our well being, primarily depression and loneliness. One study was published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology confirms this.

We don't talk about it as much as we talk about other diseases but depression is creeping steadily into our lives. It seems that almost 300 million people worldwide are suffering from depression and most of them are in India (10+ million cases)

Researching on the causes, I found out that clinical depression, or extreme cases of depression is caused by changes in neural circuit activity in our brain. Chemical locha?

Which brings me to the question on my mind - How do I recognise if I’m susceptible to depression? And what can I do to prevent it?

I've learnt that depression could be a result of events or experiences and continuing difficulties such as long-term unemployment, living in an abusive or uncaring relationship, long-term isolation or loneliness, prolonged work stress to name a few.

Fair enough. But I found the premise of depression, to my understanding, lies on two major feelings - Blame & Guilt