People describe crippling depression in a number of ways, but generally, this condition, called clinical depression, also referred to as major depressive disorder or major depression, is extremely bad. It has a negative impact on all aspects of a person’s life, including work, relationships and their overall quality of life.
Symptoms of clinical depression
- Disturbed sleeping pattern – either too little or too much sleep
- Feelings of hopelessness and sadness
- Impulsive angry outbursts
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Losing interest in daily activities or normal interests
- Slowed physical movements, speech and thought
- Thoughts of suicide and/or attempted suicide
How common is the condition?
Major depressive disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, affects more women than men and there are currently about 16.1 million adults in the country who suffer from it. These statistics do not include individuals who have never been diagnosed with the condition, such as children, teens and those who are uninsured.
Many people don’t understand just how debilitating crippling depression can be. This is more-than-likely because they have never experienced that feeling of being depressed. This can make those suffering with the condition feel extremely alone.
So, what can you do to get through a day with crippling depression?
There are several things you can do to help you cope through the day, such as:
Getting into a routine – one way to get structure in your life and get going when you don’t feel up to things is to try to stick to some sort of routine each day. Start your day off with something that makes you feel good, like getting your clothes ready the night before, having a nice hot shower and then eating a good breakfast followed by a cup of hot coffee or tea.
Develop a routine that suits you best, so that getting out of bed and making it through the day isn’t too much of a hassle to you.
Forgiving yourself – accept the fact that there are going to bad days and good days. No matter how hard you try to plan and prepare your days, those days will come along where you just don’t feel like doing anything at all. It’s okay to feel like this sometimes. Things will only get worse if you are hard on yourself on these days. Give yourself some time to feel better and keep telling yourself that tomorrow is a whole new day and anything can happen to change your life in a positive way.
Having a support system to lean on – a strong support system, together with the medication you are taking for your clinical depression, is a great way to help you through the bad days. Consisting of understanding family, friends, therapists and doctors, your support system will help you cope with those really bad episodes of depression and can do wonders too, for helping you manage your depression to ensure that future episodes happen less often, or at least, are a lot milder.
Tell your family and friends that there will be times when you just want to know that they’re there for you, listen if you need to talk, or even help you around the house sometimes.
Give yourself credit when it’s due – it’s important that you celebrate all wins – big and small, when you’re going through a bout of bad depression. It’s essential that you realize that you can do things, even though you’re feeling depressed, so when you make your bed every morning, go to work every day of the week without calling in sick once, or anything else that you find hard to do when you’re depressed, give yourself a pat on the back and celebrate these wins!
Give yourself credit if you’ve gone for a while with doing things well, or you’ve carried on regardless, even if all you wanted to do was lie in bed all day. In other words, turn your focus on the things that make you happy, rather than those that make you feel down.
Take good care of yourself – although this is hard, it is important. Instead of lying in bed all day, do something that’s good for you, like working out. Self-care needn’t be complicated. Simply preparing healthy meals for the week, making the effort to shower each day, lighting scented candles or reading a great book will help you relax and give you that extra boost you need.
Living with crippling depression every day isn’t easy, but it is possible. The main thing is, if you suspect that you are suffering with this condition, see your doctor and stick to the treatment that he/she has prescribed for you.