Depression vs. feeling down vs. S.A.D.
So I am still trying to understand the whole concept of depression, and how stigmatized the idea is. I had been feeling down for the past four or five days, and I seriously thought I was depressed. However, when I read online resources on depression (e.g. Depression.com), I don’t recognize many of the symptoms in my behavioral patterns. I mean, I still socialize as usual, I do some work (maybe not as much as I’d like to, but definitely I do work)… so, really maybe I’m not depressed but just having a bit of S.A.D. and feelings of not being productive.
I tend to feel rather unproductive and blue when the weather is awful (which, in Vancouver, has been pretty much ALL THE TIME). However, when it’s sunny, I have absolutely no problems whatsoever doing work. And this morning, funny how it goes, I simply snapped out of it. I woke up at 7:00am, and started working like usual. Had a few meetings in between (some with former students, some with close friends) and a volleyball game. And I feel pretty good.
The thing is, depression is still stigmatized. The sole mention of the word seems to warrant worry and weariness. But I would argue that when you are depressed, you are at in a prime position to recognize who are your true friends. When my friends heard that I was thinking I was depressed, everyone rallied to give me ‘pick me up’s. I still think that people (myself included) need to be educated about what it means to be depressed. And for those of you who may be afflicted by depression, let me tell you this much: YOU ARE NOT ALONE. There are lots of people out there who suffer from it, and I am pretty sure you can find help if you look for it.
- Restarting the conversation around depression and mental illness in Canada
- Spread the Feeling and Hug a Bear with Kraft Peanut Butter at Vancouver Aquarium
- The frustration of feeling cursed
- Overcoming fear and stigma: Airdrie’s series on mental health and surviving depression
- Dealing with depression at all levels