Why do I see black?

by Chourouq Haisni on 21st June, 2013 at 12:24 PM CEST

In our lives, we all have moments of sadness and joy; days when we are in a good mood, and other days when we are melancholic.  But when sadness becomes tragedy, and happiness becomes a frantic euphoria, it is urgent to switch on the alarm, because at this stage, one probably needs a specialist.

Depressed can mean a lot of things: sad, pessimistic, dejected, cast down, demoralized, discouraged...That is why it is a term commonly used in our day to day life, to express sadness and dissatisfaction. Real depression, however, is a totally different matter.

Today depression is a real organic disease, with specific symptoms, and it is considered a mental and emotional disorder. This kind of illness is characterized by mood swings and a negative sense defined, by a huge sadness, and a sentiment of distress, and loss.

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The dejection and emptiness that comes with being depressed generate a very deep self-discontent with no apparent reason and disrupts both the professional and personal life of the person in question, it can in some cases lead to very harmful acts the worst of which being suicide.

"Depression can seem worse than terminal cancer, because most cancer patients feel loved and they have hope and self-esteem."[1]

Like with any other sickness, diagnosis is the first step towards curing. Unfortunately depression is not as easy to diagnose as the flu; symptoms are different from a person to another, and they are not obvious until the patient’s condition has worsened. That is why, most of the time, the care of the people suffering from depression is late and difficult.

However the worst thing about depression is that people have a tendency to downplay it and underestimate its impact, and they start helping with comments like "Oh snap out of it, worse things could happen, you have no reason to be depressed, cheer up, it's just in your head..." which really doesn't help at all.

If you take a look at suicide rates worldwide you may understand the humongous and quite frightening extent that this disorder has. Did you know that:

·  One suicide happens every 40 seconds.

·  Each year one million people die from suicide worldwide.

·  Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the 10-24 years age group.

·  Suicide attempts are up to 20 times more than completed suicide acts.[2]

But there is always a ray of light that breaks the darkness and for depression that ray is hope. Hope that things will get better, hope that tomorrow will be a brighter day. For after all is said and done, we have to remember that depression is not a dark tunnel with no exit; but it’s a treatable illness even when it may seem like an obscure endless ache.

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If you are suffering from depression or if you know someone who is fighting through it here are some interesting links: Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, Link 4.

Chourouq Haisni, Writers Action Team 11

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Dharmesh Bhadja

Dharmesh Bhadja | Action team

Nicely articulated.

22nd June, 2013 @ 6:29 AM CEST

Samuel Duru

Samuel Duru | Action team

A real hot topic indeed. Very informative and helpful article. Well done Chourouq!

22nd June, 2013 @ 7:15 PM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

Dear Chourouq Haisni, its really an amazing article!!!

amazing and wonderful!!!

24th June, 2013 @ 10:05 PM CEST

Ana Mihajloska

Ana Mihajloska | Action team

Great article and very useful links. Cheers:)

25th June, 2013 @ 4:52 PM CEST

Hitesh Thakkar

Hitesh Thakkar

Nice one

26th June, 2013 @ 12:24 PM CEST

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