What is depression?
We all go through ups and downs in our mood. Sadness is a normal reaction to life’s struggles, setbacks, and disappointments. Many people use the word “depression” to explain these kinds of feelings, but depression is much more than just sadness.
Some people describe depression as “living in a black hole” or having a feeling of impending doom. However, some depressed people don't feel sad at all—instead, they feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic.
Whatever the symptoms, depression is different from normal sadness in that it engulfs your day-to-day life, interfering with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and have fun. The feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness are intense and unrelenting, with little, if any, relief.
I might be telling that I know about depression from a book but that would not be accurate. I really learned about depression from experience. It feels good to be able to write about it now from a place of deep knowing. Depression is the lowest of all emotions. It is a powerless feeling, that resembles despair, grief, hopelessness, sadness. It is a suffocating feeling, like you can hardly breathe. Just think of someone walking down the street dragging themselves and looking listless. This is the face of depression. It is a state of having little energy.