Hello, its 12.10 am and she is still awake. Why? Because of depression. No matter how hard we try to hide it with that yes we are alright, but the truth can’t be hidden inside. Each and every one of us, we are nurturing the inescapable gloom. Reason? Well, we don’t have any reason, or even if we have we just don’t want to confess. Depression in the 21st century has become as common as the common cold . Often we hide it when we shouldn’t. Often we don’t combat it, when we should.

The early symptoms of depression, are the signs that signals us, that yes we need someone to listen to us, to solve our problems. A kind friend, or a helping parent, but if neither of these then obviously a psychiatrist. Often this idea still seems far-fetched for those who don’t believe in consulting one, but the need for a good psychiatrist especially for teenagers is most ardent. Just think of all those sleepless nights we spend, and then think life would have been so much better if we could have had someone. A friend in disguise to listen to us or the so called companion who was meant to be.

But there are certain people who are not so fortunate of affording a psychiatrist, or even if they are, peer pressure, and the taunts of society often scares them for the worst. Although it is very hard to combat the whole battle alone, but even after they figure out the symptoms of depression like the sleepless nights, irritability, laziness, fatigue, and the mood swings, cure is still possible. But how? Whenever or whoever is suffering from depression, the best remedy is to channelize all your focus at that point towards something creative, for instance when I am going through this period, it is very hard for me so I try to concentrate and focus on reading a few good books. recently I have realized that depression, being alone enables me to write which when I am in a good mood does not help me.

Although this advice may sound ages old, but hanging out with friends, or spending quality time with family members also seems to help a lot. Not only does it help us to realize how much they need us, but also it makes us feel extremely loved which is definitely important during that phase. A lot of people will also suggest shopping excursions, but practically from my view point, why spend a ton of money unnecessarily mourning over someone when that person doesn’t really care?

Some people are blessed with understanding parents, for them it becomes a little bit easier that instead of searching for people outside the house, they could easily find someone at his or her own home who is so willing and ready to listen

There can be no second conjectures on this that depression is extremely detrimental to our health, but if we think a little wisely we will understand that it is during this phase that we get to understand who is our friend, or our true well-wisher. Not only that, depression often leads to our exploring our talents which until now has remained hidden. So no matter how sad or how pessimistic you have become, just a one liner for you:

 “Every cloud has a silver lining”.

By: Diya Ghoshal


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