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Aug 20, 2016 , 6 min read
Depression – Your Personal Dementor
When I read the Harry Potter series, I came across the word “Dementor”. My understanding was that it was a dark, formless creature that could suck the very soul out of you. I wondered what that felt like, when the soul was being sucked out of you. I put away that depressing thought as quickly as it had come, telling myself that this is all fiction, until the day I faced a dementor in my life.
The endless fatigue, especially in the mornings, the inability to do anything, the irritability, the constant sadness, all of which I put down to some sort of deficiency, until my doctor told me that I had Depression. Well, not in so many words. He put it delicately “You don’t like what you are doing, and that is why you are feeling like this”. From firsthand experience, I can actually imagine what it feels like to have your very life sucked out of you.
What Causes Depression?
No specific cause for depression has been found to date. However, the cause is said to be a combination of factors such as biological, environmental, genetic and psychological.
Other Causes of Depression
The other causes of depression that should also be addressed include:
Misuse of substances like alcohol, narcotics, cocaine, steroids etc.
Poisoning from carbon monoxide
Symptoms of Depression
If you are suffering from most of the symptoms below, it is safe to assume that your dementor has arrived.
Feeling tired and lethargic for the better part of the day
Significant weight loss
Loss of sleep and appetite
Overeating and sleeping more than usual
A constant feel of worthlessness and guilt
Recurrent thoughts of death and suicide
An attempt at suicide
Lack of ability to think and concentrate
Difficulty in remembering
A depressed person usually portrays one or more of the following signs:
Miserable, tearful eyes and furrowed brows
Lack of eye contact, slumped posture, no facial expression
Minimal body movement and low speech. or one word answers
Gloomy, humourless, lethargic and always complaining
A Cry for Help
Depression is a disease where there are no physical symptoms so people usually ignore you. “Normal” people put you down as melodramatic when sometimes it is actually a cry for help. With proper counselling, support and medication, sufferers can overcome the disease. Do not ignore any symptom of depression.
Get rid of your dementor before it gets rid of you.