Are You Depressed?

Today I’ve decided to stay away from the topic of technology in order to talk about something that may be more relevant to you.

Did you know that over half of the people in today’s society are depressed? Depression is one of the most ignored diseases in North America and Western Europe. I believe this is because the people in these areas are too obsessed with money and trying to live the perfect life when in reality they aren’t even living. When people focus on one flaw in their lifestyle for too long they begin to lose sight of the “Big Picture”. Now what is the “big picture”, I believe that everyone has their own idea of the big picture but that, in reality, there is only one. To some, money may be everything, to others, looking good may be everything. The definition of the “big picture” is: the totality of a situation. In my opinion, this is too vague and obscure when it comes to life in general. If this is the definition, which it is, then I believe that the big picture can never be viewed when it comes to life because the totality of the situation (the situation being life) can never finish until the life ends. There are some ways to see your big picture, or at least part of it. Here are a few methods.

1. Stop. Take a break from work or whatever it is that you are focusing on and take a step back.
Look at your loved ones or the people that matter to you and try to see how they are feeling. If everyone is okay (healthy, happy, etc.), then why are you working so hard?

2. Fix it. If something is wrong, you need to apply yourself. Don’t just go in trying to fix everything because that may not be the answer. You have to know when to apply yourself and where to apply yourself. And don’t forget: Just because you’re touching up one part of the picture don’t lose sight of the rest of it.

3. Calm yourself. Usually if you stay calm, you can figure out what matters most to you. When you’re calm you’ll get a lot more accomplished that when you’re frantic.

These are just a few ways to realize what the big picture is in your situation. Depressed people usually lack these different perspectives for a long time and when they finally lift their heads up and stop what they’re doing for a second, they realize that their life has become a complete mess. they then develop depression.

Sometimes you may not know if a loved one is depressed or not because depression can be a very tricky disease. Perhaps the person just likes to keep to themselves or they’re just not big talkers. Here are a few hints of depression:

1. Disturbed thinking
2. Feelings of sadness or irritability
3. Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
4. Changes in weight or appetite
5. Changes in sleeping patterns
6. Feelings of guilt, hopelessness or worthlessness
7. Inability to concentrate, remember things or make decisions
8. Fatigue or loss of energy – withdrawal
9. Restlessness or decreased activity noticed by others
10. Complaints or physical aches and pains for which no medical causes can be found
11. Thoughts of suicide or death
12. Feeling overwhelmed

As you can see, some of these symptoms are things feelings that many of us go through daily but its when these feelings keep on reoccurring that depression becomes more visible.

If you feel depressed or you just want to talk, leave a comment, e-mail me at robertdalesio@gmail.com or add me on MSN: robertdalesio@gmail.com

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