Depression the silent killer

“Depression exists without you knowing it, even denying it. It is not an illusion. You don’t even know you’re in it. It takes a while before you realize it.” – Ann Marie Aguilar.

Depression is known as the ‘silent killer’ and the reason being is many people don’t even know that they have it or are to ashamed of letting it people know that they are a sufferer.

Many depression sufferers do get help that they need but yet even after that their medication it’s not enough and eventually end their lives.

Earlier this week a mother that was known to suffer from depression was found dead inside her bedroom with her three children.

As police did their investigation in the bedroom where the four lifeless bodies were found, tablets were found on the bed side table.

Not only does it leave the loved ones behind with many unanswered questions, but there is always that one question;

“why?”

So for now the woman’s husband Mr Mandla Mhlanga (40) is only left with happy memories of his three children, remembering the happy times he spent with them and fond memories of his wife Ms Pearl Mhlanga (32) for the past five years.

Depression is a major depressive disorder or clinical depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.

Some forms of depression are slightly different, or they may develop under unique circumstances, such as:

*Persistent depressive disorder (also called dysthymia) is a depressed mood that lasts for at least two years. A person diagnosed with persistent depressive disorder may have episodes of major depression along with periods of less severe symptoms.

*Perinatal depression is much more serious than the “baby blues” many women experience after giving birth. Women with perinatal depression experience full-blown major depression during pregnancy or after delivery (postpartum depression). The feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that accompany perinatal depression may make it difficult for these new mothers to complete daily care activities for themselves and/or for their babies.

“After having a baby, the stress on a mother is something enormous to adapt to. Taking care of another human being, who is completely dependant on you, can be difficult to get used to. I suffered from depression after giving birth to my son, who is now four years old. I saw a doctor after I realised that something was wrong and I was on anti-depressants for six months. It helped when it felt like I could strangle my son, and pull my own hair from my head. Frustrated with anything and anyone, this does have an effect on how you see yourself and your current situation. With a supportive husband and family members, this can be overcome,” said anonymous.

*Psychotic depression occurs when a person has severe depression plus some form of psychosis, such as having disturbing false fixed beliefs (delusions) or hearing or seeing upsetting things that others cannot hear or see (hallucinations). The psychotic symptoms typically have a depressive “theme,” such as delusions of guilt, poverty, or illness.

*Seasonal affective disorder is characterized by the onset of depression during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. This depression generally lifts during spring and summer. Winter depression typically accompanied by social withdrawal, increased sleep and weight gain, predictably returns every year in seasonal affective disorder.

“I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that” – Robin Williams.

If you suffering from depression and really need help go to a psychiatrist who will be able to prescribe medication for you or other help as needed.

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