Depression is a horrible affliction that comes gradually. A lingering infestation can haunt your every waking moment. It does not happen overnight, and may vary in intensity for most people. It can be a small irritated feeling here, or a gloomy thought there. It does not pounce on you like a robber in a dark alley. It stalks you – feeds on your very existence. It is like an ever-hungry vampire that never leaves you alone. Do you know the worst part? You do not even know it is there until someone points it out, or you realize it a bit too late.
Alas, mental health is a very tricky matter to discuss. Diseases often show very overt symptoms one can easily discover. An increase in body temperature, a change in skin color, or pain can easily inform you that you need help. Depression on the other hand is different. It may come as a lack of energy, a longer sleep, or even something as simple as mild annoyance. They do not come straight away like a painful muscle or itchy skin. They build up, over time, until you drown in a sea of mental fatigue. But what can someone do about it?
The Machismo Dilemma
Those who do want help may have a hard time finding the right place to start. Even in today’s modern world, depression still has a dark mark in as being only a myth. Older generations see it as weakness and ‘overreacting’ to tough times. In the gender spectrum, depression among the male population is something that one simply cannot discuss openly. Issues concerning mental health among men lean more as an overreaction one needs to get over. Yes, rather than an actual problem that requires resolution, people tend to keep it hidden.
In the more underdeveloped parts of the world, mental health facilities and medication are barely existent. Therapists that can help fix issues may be few and far between. Moreover, the mere fact of going to one is a perceived weakness for many people. Some may even see this as one step closer to craziness rather than a cure.
The First Healing Step
Going online or to local health centers for more information can provide you with details you need. All you have to do is look in the right places. Websites like BetterHelp for example has plenty of information regarding mental health issues.
Even reading about stories from other people can help you see that you are not alone in your struggles. The truth of the matter is that no one can fix your problem if you do not acknowledge it as a problem. You have to see it as an impediment to living life fully. Only then can you start getting better. Getting therapy, following your therapist’s instructions, and even as simple as attending your appointment regularly – and on time – can go a long way.
All you have to do to set it all in motion is to take that first healing step.