Sometimes we can never predict what will come our way, and I had no clue that I would have the major depressive disorder. I may have gone through a lot, which possibly triggered the unrest. But there is more to life, and I should probably smile more and take each day at a time.
I apologize for the long silence that I did not post anything for a long time. I know that my fans love consistency, but pardon me for being sick. The major depressive disorder is a common mental disorder in the US, with 7% of people over 18 years having an episode of the disease. You should probably watch your mood and behaviour because I don’t want you to go through what I went through.
So, about this major depressive disorder; what is the cause? A combination of genes and stress affects the brain chemistry, reducing the ability to maintain a stable mood. A change in hormonal balance may as well contribute to the development of the disorder. But no cause for alarm if you are handling your stress well, just don’t let it overwhelm you.
Symptoms of Mental Depressive Disorder
For you to understand further what the disorder entails and what I went through, and to get a better understanding of why I did not update my blog, below are the symptoms of depressive mental disorder;
- You feel irritable or sad the better part of the day, close to everyday
- Difficulty concentrating, making decisions and thinking
- You lack energy and feeling unusually tired
- Lack of interested in the activities or hobbies you were once enjoying
- Restlessness feelings
- Angry outbursts even over small matters
- Weight loss and reduced appetite
- Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
- Disturbances in sleep including sleeping too much or insomnia
- You think about committing suicide.
Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) lists criteria that for one to be diagnosed with the mental depressive disorder, they must meet at least five or more of the above symptoms.
The symptoms may have probably shocked you, especially the last one on committing suicide. No pressure, I don’t remember that crossing my mind, if that makes you feel better. I wouldn’t want you to miss my awesomeness. Psst! Just messing; true though.
Experiencing some of the symptoms above was not easy for me. For instance, relating some of them to my situation; I had difficulty concentrating on writing any piece which I may have deemed worthy of publishing. As much as I tried to push myself into the writing, I lacked interest which made me not give my all to ensure you read my content.
I was always tired and restless the better part of the day, and it was uncomfortable for me to finish any writing. I was mostly in a bad mood, and because moods have a special place in determining our output, who am I kidding? I could write a piece I was confident about.
To most problems, there is a solution. I had to seek the necessary medication to handle my situation. I also got a chance to interact with psychotherapists. Many people suffering from this disorder do not seek medical assistance. It is advisable to find help since it can always get worse, and getting better takes the day.
Medication, psychotherapy, and change in lifestyle are therefore the primary ways of treating the major depressive disorder.