Sumita Chakraborty finds out more about depression and how it can be cured.
Bollywood’s most beautiful and successful heroine Deepika Padukone once candidly confessed that though she was on the top of the world – her films were super hits, she was top of the best-dressed list on all the voting sites and glamour magazines, she was, in fact, the most sought after heroine in Tinsel Town – yet she felt a deep vacuum within. This feeling of emptiness engulfed her completely until a few months; she sank deeply into depression. This happened two to three years ago. She reached a point when she realised that she couldn’t handle that feeling of emptiness alone. She would start crying for no reason or sit down in one place in utter glum. But thankfully, she realised that she had a problem in her hands and immediately got help. With proper medication and counselling, Deepika was again back to ruling the roost. Today, she’s fine as you can see her bagging so many trophies and topline films in India and abroad.
Affecting The World
Depression is a global ailment, and more than half of the world’s population is plagued with this. The problem lies because of our lifestyle – because of the fast paced urban lifestyle that races towards goals and material happiness – leaving no time or scope for personal happiness. Unfortunately, when trapped in a scary fast paced rat race scurrying through the intricate maze of life, the mind gets messed up and depression sets in.
What Is Depression?
Depression is a severe or chronic feeling of despondency or rejection. It’s like you feel you’re at the end of a tunnel and there’s no way out. You feel alone, unhappy and a failure even though in real life you’re a success. This feeling if not treated early can lead to many adverse problems and in severely adverse cases, it can even lead to a depressed soul taking his or her life. But wait, depression is just an ailment, and like all ailments, it can be cured.
Symptoms Of Depression
Have you ever felt utterly alone in a crowd? Everybody has! But when this feeling of being alone becomes acute that’s when depression comes in. The symptoms range from:
- Continuously wallowing in sorrow. Crying for hours for no reason.
- Sitting and staring at space for a long time without any reason with a
- Frequent feeling of anxiousness. Getting constant anxiety pangs which cause you to sweat, give you heart murmurs, make you stammer and not think straight.
- Started to withdraw from social activities? Avoiding things that you enjoyed a lot previously.
- Felt like cutting yourself off from friends and family.
Help Is At Hands
Depression is curable. But the best thing for you is to recognise the symptoms and reach out for help.
- Going to a professional: