Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You tend to find it difficult to carry out day to day tasks for example: it is difficult to hold down a job or a social life. In some cases the individual does not see life as worth living at all.
Before I begin to go in-depth into this post. I would like to take the time to share symptoms and treatments of depression. Symptoms occur most of the day, nearly every day and may include:
- Feelings of sadness, emptiness or hopelessness
- Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration over anything (even something minor)
- Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex,sports, interacting with friends or even work.
- Irregualr sleeping patterns: including insomnia or sleeping too much
- Tiredness and lack of energy
- Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
- Anxiety, agitation or restlessness
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame
- Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
- Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
- Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
For many people who suffer from depression, symptoms usually are severe enough to cause noticeable problems in day-to-day activities, such as work, school, social activities or relationships with others. Some people just generally feel unahppy without knowing the cause why.
If you or a loved one is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, please ensure to seek help. I will post where to obtain help and guidance for depression below!
When to see a doctor
If you feel depressed, make an appointment to see your doctor or mental health professional as soon as you can. If you’re reluctant to seek treatment, talk to a friend or loved one, any health care professional, a faith leader, or someone else you trust.
When to get emergency help
If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide, call 999 or your local emergency number immediately.
Please consider these options if you’re having suicidal thoughts:
- Call your doctor or mental health professional.
- Call a suicide hotline number
- Reach out to a close friend or loved one.
- Contact a minister, spiritual leader or someone else in your faith community.
If you have a loved one who is in danger of suicide or has made a suicide attempt, make sure someone stays with that person. Call 999 or your local emergency number immediately. Or, if you think you can do so safely, take the person to the nearest hospital emergency room.
I have added a youtube video for anyone seeking extra advice!
The way mental health is portrayed via the media is very powerful. It could be suggested to be a place those who suffer feel comfortable speaking out behind a screen or an unknown identity.
IS SOCIAL MEDIA THE REASON FOR THE RISE IN DEPRESSION?
The internet was formed in the 1970s, it was extremely basic to what we are familiar with today. Mental health was extremely rare but was this due to the lack of knowledge on it? or because prior to this the internet did not exist. The internet itself developed to help educated society on such issues. It wasn’t until The first social media site was a website called ‘Six Degrees’ that was launched in 1997. The internet quickly emerged into the era of instant messaging and blogging.
There has been statically data to confirm the percentage of people suffering depression rose from 13% – 66% in the last 10 years. this is from people who spend more time on social media platforms. The pressure to look a certain way, to eat a certain way is at its maximum on these platforms. It’s a way for people to connect with celebrity’s lifestyles and feel a part of there world.
Due to this the pressure is added as celebrities’ have the perfect social media sites and images. Young adults especially, feel they must live up to certain standards based on what they see on social media, which, according to the study, “can intensify one’s own body image concerns and sense of social alienation.”
Today’s young people are competing with each other in order to meet societal pressures to succeed and they feel that perfectionism too. They are competing to keep up with the ‘rules’, ‘regulations’ and ‘culture’ that social media ‘aspects’ off you. This can cause all types of mental issues including depression as people are almost brainwashed into thinking being themselves is not good enough.Comparing our lives with others is mentally unhealthy and can lead to all sorts of complications. It’s addictive nature and worldwide scale makes it impossible to escape.
https://youtu.be/Czg_9C7gw0o please take time to check out this ted talk and let me know you’re thou!
DOES THIS MEAN SOCIAL PLATFORMS ARE CAUSING DEPRESSION?
well quite frankly, no it doesn’t. It shows correlation and not causation. But from the facts we can clearly tell it us a main factor. Depression has increased since the rise in smart phones, with almost 92% of teens/young adults owning one. All of these factors are implying social media is damaging for one’s health and could lead to illnesses like depression. But there is not enough evidence to blame the increase solely on the impact of digital media. Depression wasn’t as well educated before the likes of social media. Thus, it could be the case social media and the internet have helped educated individuals on their symptoms and encouraged them to speak out.
Additionally, there has only been accessible medication for the likes of depression in the last 30 years.
ANY COMMENTS? IS SOCIAL MEDIA CAUSING DEPRESSION OR EDUCATING IT?