Two weeks of inactivity and yet managed to start writing something. That counts as progress, right? If you’re a new reader, Welcome to my blog. 🙂 (This is what I’m talking about: https://mytwocents.news.blog/2020/05/06/procrastinators-mind-debunked/)
I hope ‘YOU’ reading this is safe, healthy and content amidst this pandemic and so many other things happening around this world. I used the word ‘content’ and not ‘happy’ because happiness is relative. When you are content you’re naturally happy.
To the class of 2020, Congratulations! (From a fellow graduate) Don’t be stressed about your future or offers being rescinded, there are better opportunities ahead of time.
I’ve been avoiding writing about the topics ‘Outbreak of Covid-19’ and ‘Mental Health’ like a plague since the beginning of this pandemic.
- Because everyone’s talking about it, naturally when I do too, you might ignore it saying ‘just another blogger ranting to get more traffic.’ I completely understand. I’d have thought that too.
- These topics are extremely sensitive and some of them tend to get butt-hurt about it.
But, I’m also writing this to tell you the facts:
- As the country fights the pandemic, political parties are busy fighting elections.
- Doctors are being assaulted for the lack of country’s proper health care systems.
- Insufficient beds for the positively tested patients around the country.
- Most of the countries post lockdown, had a tremendous decrease in cases whereas, India has had an exponential surge in cases in just a few weeks alone.
- Hotspots for Covid-19 cases are failing to quarantine enough the red zones effectively.
- Mental health of people taking a toll on their lives.
Believe it or not, fighting this pandemic is not just about curing the patients. It shows how well the government functions and a person’s perspective during tough times.
This time period can make anyone feel lonely, depressed or anxious. It’s easy to write about depression in a blog post than recognize it in an individual and make them take proper measures to save them before it’s too late.
You know what depression is and it’s symptoms are. (Please refer to this link to know more about depression: https://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/detecting-depression#1)
After all, everyone’s been raving about mental health for a really long time now. Briefly put, it’s a mood disorder that affects the way you think, feel and behave. (This is not another post on its symptoms and how to recognize it.)
Here’s the real talk. When was the last time you asked someone “How are you?” as not just a conversation starter but really meant it?
Identifying someone is depressed is as important as asking people to open up. You’d not know someone is depressed unless you really are willing to hear them out with an open mind. I’ve heard my friend’s friend commit suicide because of depression. Someone in my nearby locality commit suicide because of depression. Everyday, someone out there is having a thought of ending their lives.
This is what we hear frequently:
“A *insert famous name* committed suicide because of depression.”
“A 17 year old jumped off a building because of depression.”
“An pregnant woman with no proper facilities killed herself because of depression.”
Real facts aside, this is what’s happening inside the brain of a depressed person depending on the severity of the condition:
- Specific sections of the brain are shrinking gradually. This includes parts like- hippocampus, thalamus, amygdala and prefrontal cortex. (Here’s the link to research article to support the statement: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00702-018-1919-8)
- Inflammation of certain regions of the brain due to depression. (Here’s the link: https://academic.oup.com/bmb/article/101/1/127/262645)
In layman terms, it means:
- Insufficient oxygen to the brain.
- Structural changes due to shrinking & inflammation.
This causes the imbalance in hormones that regulate the mood in the brain and results in depression. (in simple terms)
Identifying the root cause of a problem is always critical. Because sometimes, being depressed is not just a phase. It might be fatal even before you realised/understood its effects. If you suspect someone is depressed or if you are:
Please seek medical help.
Visiting a psychologist is not taboo.
Having therapy sessions are not taboo.
Life of a person matters more than the societal standards.
With the advancement in technology and changing times, your health determines your success and worth. Not the other way around.
If you have read until this line, thanks a lot for putting in your time to read this post completely. I hope you gained more knowledge than what you already know.
Have a good day y’all! 🙂
WHO estimates that one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwidehttp://origin.searo.who.int/india/topics/depression/about_depression/en/