You Monster: Depression

Sometimes it hurts to realize that no matter how much you learn, you will never know everything.

I have just found out that a lady I knew died recently. She had been suffering from depression for a while and had even attempted suicide. Each time, though, she was rushed to the hospital. She eventually had kids and with the help of her husband, she was able to cope with her depressive disorder.

Hands on a pregnant belly

Yet another monster lay in wait though. I did not know this was possible, but apparently, giving birth gave her Postpartum Depression. It is a type of depression that affects new mothers.

Some of the symptoms of postpartum depression include:

  • shame
  • indifference to life
  • self-harm or attempts to harm the baby
  • fatigue and insomnia

Eventually her illness took its toll on her body; she suffered a stroke and lost her life.

In the end, it seems that no one will ever have all the answers to this monster. Mental health issues can no longer be ignored; and yet, how can we solve this problem if we can never know everything?

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Coping With Depression

It’s not easy dealing with depression. At times, you don’t even know you are depressed until you get to the point where you believe death is your only solution to life’s problems.

For those who have experienced depression, it is a memory that brings a tinge of regret at having fallen way off on the goals you had set for your life. No one ever imagines themselves being in such a desperate situation. Yet, it happens to many of us. Not even the high and mighty in society are immune to it. It is an insidious foe that leads our lives to despair.

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Symptoms of Depression

Depression starts slowly and can even develop over a couple of years. What’s important to note with mental health issues is that, some problems are genetically linked while others are due to external circumstances. There are some symptoms one needs to look out for to identify depression before it takes root in our lives:

  • excessive stress;
  • constant fatigue even when you have not done a lot of work;
  • changes in our sleeping patterns e.g. oversleeping excessively;
  • indifference to day-to-day life issues;
  • irritability;
  • wanting to be alone more often;
  • experiencing loneliness even when you are around people;
  • feeling hopeless and miserable;
  • reduced productivity at work;
  • inability to concentrate on any task;
  • loss of enthusiasm;
  • lack of appetite or interest in eating;

Some of these symptoms become significant once depression has started taking shape in our lives. Depression manifests when our world is out of balance; when we feel (even without realizing it) that we no longer have control over what happens in our lives. It is this lack of control that leads to suicidal thoughts.

Unfortunately, we only ever research such issues once they have affected our lives; sometimes with drastic effects. Before we become mental health victims or know someone who is affected, none of these issues are ever relevant. Nevertheless, we can learn to cope with depression once we understand how it affects us.

How to Cope

There are a couple of things you can do to help you cope with depression:

  1. Establish a support system

We all need a confidant; someone who we can share our life’s goals, dreams and problems. It can be a family member or a friend. Having someone you can talk to about your problems gives you a different perspective of what you are going through. Sometimes we just need to get something off our chests to help us feel better. Having someone you can trust, who will listen to your problems without judging you, will enable you to understand issues better and perhaps even help you get a solution faster.

Depression pops up because we bottle a lot of problems. Life is not easy. Everyone is going through some sort of struggle in their lives. The more you keep unresolved issues inside you, the more likely you will get anxious about it. Once you feel you are losing control over your life, you start getting stressed. It is vicious cycle. Find a group of people who care about you and want to help you resolve your problems. It will keep you from suffering a relapse into depression.

  1. Address Anxiety and Stress

Anxiety and stress always tie in with depression. When you are constantly anxious and stressed, it might feel like the walls are closing in on you. You have nowhere to run and no one to help you. The people closest to you can even make you feel worthless. They might not understand what you are going through and therefore they can put pressure on you to resolve whatever it is that is troubling you.

What people on the outside might not understand is that you feel helpless in your situation. Depression is the same. You feel all alone; all your problems are yours to solve. What can you do to get yourself out of this mess? Should you even bother anymore?

Once you get out of a depressive state, you learn about all the triggers that brought you this mental health issue. Therefore, from now on, you have to learn to resolve any problem in your life that is causing you a lot of anxiety and stress. Get your support system to help you tackle everything quickly and move on.

  1. Get outside

One of the key issues that leads to depression is not getting enough sunlight. It is strange how important the sun is to our health. People who are depressed spend all their time indoors wallowing in their suffering. Getting some sun rays and a breath of fresh air outdoors has a massive impact on our health and overall well-being. So go outside more often and take walks near parks and rivers. You will feel rejuvenated.

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  1. Exercise Regularly

Exercise is important, not only for those who are fighting depression, but also for every other health problem in our lives. Exercise contributes to our well-being by releasing beneficial chemicals into our blood stream and helping our bodies combat illness. Exercising also keeps the mind fresh and active thereby boosting mental health.

  1. Sleep Well

Sleep deprivation is now linked to a host of health issues in our lives. Depression is one of them. Solving your sleeping problem will go a long way in helping you cope with depression. Poor sleeping patterns lead to other health problems such as diabetes and heart disease, which will in turn cause you stress and anxiety. Everything is cycle. You have to cut off all problems at their root before they cause other issues that can reignite your battle against depression.

Nowadays, there are sleep monitors and sleep tracking devices that can help you figure out the changes you can make in order to get the most out of your sleeping time.

  1. Seek Professional Help

People often turn to professionals when they are overwhelmed. Depression is an overwhelming problem that requires patience and assistance from others in order to manage it fully. A medical professional can prescribe medication that can help you with this problem. Doctors and therapists are also adept at giving advice and guidance that can help you to cope with depression and move on in your life.


Dealing with depression is not easy and it will require great effort from you in order to cope with it. For those who have not experienced it, you can try to keep it at bay by following some of the ideas listed here.

Please remember one thing: You are stronger than you realize. Many other people have faced depression and overcome it. You can do it too. Accept that despite all the challenges you face, life is still beautiful. Find your purpose in life and go out boldly to try to achieve it. Remember to give to others. What you give, you will receive tenfold. Be there for other people who are struggling in life and it will give you a better perspective of your own life and what you need to do to improve it.

When You Feel All Alone

You have no one to talk to. Even when you are in a room full of people, you can’t seem to fit in. You are isolated. You are invisible. There is no one you can trust anymore; everyone you know is unreliable. You have so much you want to share; so much you want to say. But, you know deep down that no one will understand.

Everything that was once good in your life is now bad. Your relationships are broken. All the people you depended on have turned their back on you. No one wants to support your goals. They all think you are a fool. They sneer at you; waiting for you to fail so that they can gloat that they had warned you but you didn’t listen. You keep trying to prove yourself but, no matter what you do, it’s always one step forward and two steps back. You have failed at everything but there is no one to pick you up except yourself. But how can you raise your spirits when you no longer believe in yourself?


It’s a hard truth to take; but let’s face it: You are all alone!

The Pain of Feeling All Alone

There is a saying (I’m paraphrasing) that says, “We can’t live alone because we are all connected by invisible threads”. Akin to the overused “No man is an island” quote, this saying goes to show that we are not meant to exist in solitude. Humans are social creatures. We crave interaction with others. That’s how some people get lonely. You find yourself in a room full of people who you don’t have a connection with and, therefore, you feel isolated. You might even feel sorry for yourself and start thinking that there is something wrong with you.

Being lonely, though, is different from feeling alone. That feeling of being alone goes a little bit deeper into the core of our being. When your emotional standing and your mind are overwhelmed by sadness and hopelessness, then depression is at your door.

Loneliness can be cured by establishing a worthwhile connection with someone. Feeling alone incorporates loneliness, sadness, hopelessness, anger directed at yourself and at the world, and the pain of failure. What is it about you that makes you so unlovable? Why won’t people listen to you? Why doesn’t anyone understand you? Does anyone even care about you?

Enemy at the Gate

There is a reason why people go mad when they are cut off from the world. Anyone who has been shipwrecked or survived a plane crash in some jungle somewhere has started experiencing hallucinations as they desperately call out for a much-needed companion. Even children are known to exhibit this desire for connection by having ‘imaginary friends’. Having ‘a friend’ they can trust serves as a coping mechanism to what life brings their way.

For adults, it is important to have someone you can share ideas with; someone who you can turn to when you are stressed or going through trying situations in your life; or someone to just share a laugh with. It is a social phenomenon that psychologists continue studying. Even in the Christian Bible, there is the instance whereby Adam in the Creation Story found himself feeling lonely and God provided a companion for him. We all need someone.

That is not to say we are not self-sufficient. That’s also not to say that we can’t deliberately isolate ourselves for the purpose of meditation or rebooting our systems. Feeling all alone is a desperate situation for anyone to go through.

What to do When You Feel All Alone

Unfortunately, there isn’t a ‘one-size fits all’ solution. Humans are complex creatures having different experiences in the world. Nevertheless, you bear the great responsibility of getting out of the rut. You need to analyze your choices, your circumstances and your thoughts to determine where you have gone wrong. You need to see everything with new eyes.

  1. Fight Depression

If you are lucky to spot the symptoms of sinking into depression, it is important to get yourself out of it before it takes hold over your life. Depression is a different beast to deal with and it has feeling alone as one of its symptoms. You can read some articles about depression here and here.

  1. Do away with toxic relationships

If you don’t feel you can trust the people in your life, go ahead and make new friends and connections. We make the mistake of holding on to people and relationships that do more harm than good. Why would you want to keep around someone who makes you feel insignificant? Why would you let someone break you down everyday telling you how worthless you are?

  1. Seek out positive people

Realize how valuable you are and seek out people who see your value and encourage you to be better. If someone really loves and cares about you, they will do everything to be in your life and to contribute positively to it.

  1. Communicate your feelings and move on

This is difficult to do. One of the reasons you feel alone is because you think no one ever listens to you. Give people a chance and find a way to get them to sit down and hear you out without commenting. Share your feelings to them and how their actions have affected you. The people who care about you will acknowledge their mistakes. Some might even be shocked that this is how you’ve been feeling and they didn’t know they were hurting you. Take note of those who dismiss what you have shared with them and cull them from your life. You don’t need them.

  1. Have a plan and purpose for your life

Many of the mental, emotional and physical problems we encounter in our lives can all be tied back to our life plans and life purpose. You are where you are because of the choices you have made and the circumstances that surround your life. Once you take responsibility for where you are in life, you can plan out what you need to do to improve your life. Having a purpose will guide that plan and it will serve as a plane of reference every time you start feeling lost.

In life, there will always be moments when circumstances batter you and you find yourself fighting fire on your own. Years of experience teach us that only true friends will stick around when your world is in turmoil. These are the people you need to find and have in your life.

I have always said this and I ask you yet again to be there for others. Everyone is going through a battle in life and it takes just a moment of your time to change their lives. Today, decide to be there for someone. You might think you have nothing to offer because you are also going through some things in your life. But what you give in life always comes back to you tenfold. Share the love and be there for someone and tomorrow you will not need to look far for a friend.

2015: The Keys to a Healthier You

The new year brings a sense of pride in having survived 2014 and a sense of optimism for what the future holds in store in 2015.

There are those who are excited about what they are setting out to accomplish, whereas others are merely trudging along, dealing with situations in their lives as they arise. For those with mental health issues or know someone with a mental health problem, life is looked upon with different eyes. There are challenges that seem more daunting than they really are while others are simply overwhelming.

Looking to the future

This year, 2015, provides a great opportunity to utilize all the information we have gathered in the previous year to set ourselves on the path of being healthy. Here are a few things you can do:

  1. Go for a medical check-up

With sky-rocketing costs of medicine and healthcare insurance premiums, it is easy to avoid visiting the hospital when you are ‘feeling fine’. There are many diseases which don’t exhibit any symptoms until your immune system is fully compromised and overwhelmed. Going to the hospital for a check-up has helped a lot of people to spot life-threatening diseases before they took hold over the body. So, no matter what the prices look like, remember that you are saving yourself more money by knowing the status of your health.

As recently mentioned, you can ask your doctor to test for the MTFHR gene mutation which will give you a heads up on whether your family will be beset with mental health issues. While some mental health issues can be linked with one’s lifestyle, the key cause of mental health issues lies within this gene mutation. You can spare your family a lot of heartache by getting tested and knowing your status, so that you can live responsibly and also so that you can be better taken care of. It is always better to know the monster you are facing.

  1. Learn to Manage Stress

Stress is an essential component of our lives. It makes us more aware of our decisions and choices, and it also helps us identify problems and solve them. In our society today, stress can become unmanageable to the extent that one’s quality of life deteriorates. Stress affects relationships, hinders personal development and even weakens the body’s immune system thus making people prone to diseases such as heart disease and high blood pressure.

You need to find ways of managing stress. The first thing you should do is identify the stressors and take charge. If you are always reacting to the stress that means you are not in control of your life. Be more assertive and don’t take on more than you can handle. But most importantly, you should approach any problem with a positive attitude and perspective.

  1. Keep depression at bay

Depression is a silent killer. Many people never know they are depressed until their lives break down completely. Other people never know that someone – including a loved one – is suffering from depression until that person shares their problem or attempts to commit suicide. Everyone is going through some sort of struggle and it is easy to suffer in silence because no one seems to care about you.

Stay healthy and free from depression by managing your stress better. Ensure that you maintain your social life and interact with other people. Go outside and get some sunshine and some fresh air. Find a purpose in life that excites you and pursue it. These are just some ideas to tackle depression before it ruins your life.

For more information on how to keep depression at bay, you can read my article here.

  1. Help others. It will help you.

We spend our whole lives focussing on ourselves: our problems, our relationships, our happiness etc. There’s just too much going on in our lives to focus on other people. Life however shows that by helping others, we help ourselves. Once you shift your focus from your life and struggles and focus on someone else, you begin to see life in different eyes. You get a new perspective on what is important in life.

One issue that I highlighted last year was that, people don’t ask others how they are doing. Sometimes people struggle in silence and it takes someone who cares to understand them and uplift their spirits by sharing in their pain. Aim to be that person this year. It will work wonders on your health as you will have different approach to life. Empathising with others also gifts you a mental fortitude to help you in your life’s journey.

  1. Keep your mind active

Parkinson’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease. These are all mental health diseases that have brought fear and pain to our society. Some mental health illnesses can be kept at bay by constantly keeping your brain active. This year, choose to become a reader. Read a lot and gather a lot of information. Analyse things in your mind and challenge your brain to solve complex issues and recall information.

There is a fear amongst people that as you get older, your memory wanes. Well, if you don’t exercise your brain, this issue will become your reality sooner rather than later. Exercise your mind. It will protect you from diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Staying healthy this year and beyond, is important not only for you but for the people who love you. Keep yourself healthy and have a positive outlook on life. Things are not always as bad as they seem.

Happy New Year. Have a Blessed 2015!

Keep Depression at Bay: 8 Ways to Cheer Yourself Up

Sad moments can creep up on you when you least expect it. You were feeling ecstatic a moment ago but now you are not in the mood to celebrate. We all experience this feeling.

Sometimes we just get overwhelmed when the pressures of life weigh us down. You wake up and you don’t feel like doing anything. Making breakfast is a chore and you are looking forward to the moment you will sit down and just be. You can’t seem to shake the feeling so you allow yourself to wallow in sadness. All attempts from people to raise your spirits are met with anger and irritation. “Why won’t everyone just mind their own business”, you say.

There are many articles online saying that you should not try to get out of your slump; rather, embrace the slump as a reality and it will go away. While this course of action might sound deep, there is also a risk that your mini mood slump can quickly evolve into depression. Now you have a big problem!

Perhaps a few of these methods below can assist you to get back the joy in your life:

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  1. Listen to Music… and Sing

There is probably a song for everything. Think up any topic and a musician has probably sung about it. When you are sad, you’ll naturally gravitate toward sad songs. It seems that this guy or that girl gets you. That musician understands exactly how you are feeling. Perhaps it would be best to listen to uplifting music. Singing will make your mind active and responsive to mood changes. If you really let the music sink in, you might even start dancing. It’s a form of exercise and we’ve already seen how exercise can be great for your body.

  1. Get perspective

As Dan Gilbert says in his ‘Surprising Science of Happiness’ Ted Talks speech, human beings tend to overestimate the pain or pleasure they will experience. Thus, it is important to get some perspective as to why you are feeling sad. Try to get an objective view of the situation you are in rather than a subjective one. By doing this, you remove the emotions that cloud your judgement as to what really happened to you to make you feel sad.

For example, sometimes people can hurt us unintentionally. Letting that pain fester in your mind can keep you from focussing on the fact that the person who hurt you loves you deeply and they would never do anything intentionally to bring pain to your life.

You have to find out exactly what it is that is making you feel down. Normally, when people are sad, they tend to make blanket statements that their whole life sucks. In truth, before getting into a negative mindset, these people were thinking their lives were amazing. What changed? Focus on what’s wrong and fix it.

  1. Exercise

Working out brings more benefits to your life beyond the physical. As you know, exercising makes the body release endorphins, which are neurotransmitters from the brain that make you feel good. If you want to feel good, exercise.

  1. Share your problem with someone you trust

A problem shared is a problem half-solved. Confidants can help you make sense of issues and find solutions for them. You have to surround yourself with people who will give you sound counsel. This will get you on your way to resolving your problems and being happy again.

Trusted friends can also give you the support you need if you require a shoulder to cry on. Another interesting thing is that if you manage to get a couple of hugs, your mood instantly changes. Try it.

  1. Find a source of laughter

You’ve heard this before, but laughter is the best medicine. To get out of your bad mood, you need to find someone who can make you laugh or watch a comedy show. Laughing makes you feel alive and grateful for your life. It will make you feel happy

  1. Remember that you are what you eat

There are a couple of foods and snacks that should be included in your diet, which act as mood boosters. Top on the list is fish, which gives omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 raises the levels of a brain chemical called serotonin, which boosts our mood. Another booster is chocolate. Chocolate not only tastes good, but also acts as an anti-oxidant and as a serotonin stimulator. You need to eat the chocolate in moderation though, as eating a lot of it will leave you feeling queasy and ruin your mood even further.

  1. Volunteer to help other people

It is said that, “If you think you have problems, just visit the hospital and see for yourself what other people are going through”. This is just a way of bringing perspective to your problems. Volunteering has a two-fold effect of not only helping other people, but also giving you a sense of gratitude and joy. There are so many people going through a lot of issues that sometimes you just need to ask them whether they are okay. We all need each other. We can lift each other’s spirit by simply being kind, caring and generous.

  1. Get some fresh air by going for a walk

Going outside can do wonders for you. It has been theorized that staying indoors causes anxiety and depression because the body is not getting enough Vitamin D from the sun nor taking in fresh air into the lungs. Walking is a form of exercise as well and it allows you to clear your mind as you analyze everything that is making you feel sad. Being outside is soothing and it rejuvenates your spirit as you take in deep breaths.

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Take Action

All these methods have one thing in common; they all involve taking action. People focus too much on their feelings and talk about not “feeling like doing anything”. In truth, feelings follow actions and not the other way around. Notice how when you don’t feel like doing something but you do it anyway, you stop ‘feeling’ like it was a bad thing. It’s all about taking action.

Wherever you are right now, you can choose to be happy. Life will throw all kinds of problems your way. In times like these, you will need to summon your willpower and take action to be happy again. Realize that happiness is a state of being and embody happiness.

You can choose to be happy right now. Don’t wait for the sadness to overwhelm you.

Dying to Live

I know this is something that can resonate with many people. It is a song by Edgar Winter but the words seem to transcend time. It talks about the contrasts between the struggle to live and the struggle with death. I feel it captures some of the thoughts that people have when they are depressed. Why fight to live when it is easier to die? That is the question. The answer can only be found within yourself. There is something inside you that wants you to succeed. Something that wants you to live.

Here are the lyrics.

You know I’ve heard it said there’s beauty in distortion
By some people who’ve withdrawn to find their heads
Now they say that there is humor in misfortune
You know I wonder if they’ll laugh when I am dead

Why am I fighting to live if I ‘m just living to fight?
Why am I trying to see when there ain’t nothing in sight?
Why am I trying to give when no one gives me a try?
Why am I dying to live if I’m just living to die?

Hey, you know some people say that values are subjective,
But they’re just speaking words that someone else has said.
And so they live and fight and kill with no objective
Sometimes it’s hard to tell the living from the dead

Why am I fighting to live if I ‘m just living to fight?
Why am I trying to see when there ain’t nothing in sight?
Why am I trying to give when no one gives me a try?
Why am I dying to live if I’m just living to die?

Yeah, you know I used to weave my words into confusion
And so I hope you’ll understand me when I ‘m through
You know I used to live my life as an illusion,
But reality will make my dreams come true

So I’ll keep fighting to live till there’s no reason to fight
And I’ll keep trying to see until the end is in sight
You know I’m trying to give so someone give me a try
You know I’m dying to live until I’m ready
’til I’m ready
’til I’m ready
’til I’m ready to die

Is Depression Caused by a Chemical Imbalance?

The human body is amazing. Ask your doctor when he’s not focussing on your symptoms; a surgeon; or any health professional and they will tell you the same thing, “The human body is amazing”. Despite having all these great scientific minds and undertaking research running into billions of dollars, some biological factors of the human body remain an enigma.

Did you know that your eyes can alert you when your body is extremely cold? Did you know that (a mind boggling) 300 million red blood cells die every minute in your body? Did you know that your heart produces enough energy in one hour to lift a ton of steel? I also read in an article on Yahoo (can’t seem to find the link now, sorry) that all the computers in the world would have to be assembled to process the information released every second by your brain. Pretty impressive stuff!

But wait a minute. Could this overly impressive human body be at fault for causing one of the most dangerous mental health problems of our time? Is depression caused by a chemical imbalance? There are various factors at play here:

Role of the Media

Nowadays, people seem to look to the media to provide them with knowledge as opposed to looking to the media for information on current affairs. The role of the media is to set the agenda for the public to discuss. Unfortunately, many people see the news and take the information provided ‘as is’ without questioning its veracity or the intention behind it. It is this situation that has led to the belief that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance.

Role of Advertisers

When pharmaceutical companies analyse data, they look at the data with the intention of converting whatever medicinal drugs they have produced for a type of illness into a best-selling product. It is then the duty of the advertising companies to play on people’s fears and emotions to convince them that a certain drug will help them. The result is an attempted manipulation into believing that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance.

The Reality

depressed man

The truth isn’t really that simple. Depression is a complex mental health issue. The thing I hate about this kind of misinformation is that it deprives so many people of the courage to stand up to depression. After all, how can you fight against your own body? You fail to take responsibility and start wondering whether there is a drug that will ‘fix’ you.

Depression is caused by a lot of factors: our family’s mental health history; genetic vulnerability; the type of thoughts we have; how we relate to our environment; some types of medication; and our reactions to various chronic stresses in our lives.

Brain imaging scans have shown that depressed people’s hippocampus is smaller by about 10 per cent. The stresses in our lives prevent neurons from being produced in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is part of the limbic system, which includes the amygdala and the thalamus. It is this system which is responsible for emotions, behaviour and mood regulation. Depressed people have a high concentration of stress hormones such as cortisol and noradrenaline.

This is where drug companies come in. Here, take some anti-depressant. The medication boosts development of neurons and improves the nerve cell connectivity. However, these drugs also have a variety of side-effects such as: nausea, stomach-aches, heart arrhythmias, hallucinations and loss of coordination.

Is this really worth it? This is the same issue that led actor Rob Schneider to say that the late Robin Williams committed suicide because the medication given to him was known to cause suicidal thoughts.

What about Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy has been heralded as having positive results in dealing with depression. Psychotherapists believe that depression is a learned behaviour. It is based on the behavioural theory of depression that says that a lack of positive reinforcement or meaningful, valued and rewarding activities leads to feelings of depression. These feelings are then multiplied when a person reacts dysfunctionally and exhibits avoidant behaviour, which, in turn, reinforce the symptoms of depression. Therefore, cognitive behavioural therapists try to help people ‘unlearn’ these negative trains of thought that lead to depression.

According to Robert C. Malenka, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and a Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation Scientific Council Member, “This idea of chemical imbalance has been useful…but in truth, the… idea is no longer adequate.” He suggests trying newer ideas to try to solve problems relating to the brain. Please read the entire post here.

So what have we learnt so far?

The brain is a complex structure and depression is a complex issue. One moment you think you have found the solution, and the next, you realize the solution is not that simple. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. We all have different life experiences. Therefore, everyone suffering from depression goes through their own personal hell. The solution to these issues cannot be applied across the board.

Is depression caused by a chemical imbalance?

From the information I’ve gathered, I believe the message is that our behaviour and reaction to acute stress is responsible for causing chemical changes in our brains, thus, leading to depression. Perhaps, you have taken a different view. Let me know what you think.


There are many people suffering from depression in our world today. As I’ve said before, the stresses of life can weigh on people in unimaginable ways. How you react to an issue is not the same way someone else will react to it. Just because a problem seems easy to you does not mean that your friend, brother, mother, sister, father, cousin or neighbour will respond the same way. It can be overwhelming at times. Some people, even strong men, break down and cry. That’s what life does to you sometimes.

In the point of despair or an inability to react positively to negative situations, depression takes hold and turns our world upside down. It is a great battle. A formidable foe. There are some of you who know someone who is depressed. One of you, perhaps, suspects that someone they know is depressed. As always, I urge you to reach out and stand with that person. Listen to them and try to get them some help.

If there is anything you have learnt from this post, I hope it is this: Get informed on the real facts about depression and mental health. There are people who have selfish motives and they are relying on you to not know the truth. It’s only money that is important to them. But we know better. What value can you place on a life? How much money can replace the pain of losing a loved one or a friend to depression?

Get informed and spread the word!