450 million people world-wide have a mental health problem. 450 million and yet mental illness still holds a stigma. Many people are unaware of what it feels like to have anxiety, depression or any mental illness because they have never experienced them fully. Such people don’t understand why people get depressed or worry about every little thing. Today’s society choose to remain ignorant to social issues like mental health, but people need to see what it is like to live with such issues, to help become more understanding and to help reduce issues.
What is Mental Health?
The World Health Organisation defines mental health as a “state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
Mental Health affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
Some of the more common Mental Health problems include anxiety and depression.
In a previous post I discussed anxiety, so now I will describe what it's like to experience both anxiety and depression.
What is depression?
Depression is a diagnosis given to someone who is experiencing a low mood and who finds it hard or impossible to have fun or enjoy their lives.
What does it feel like to experience both anxiety and depression?
Anxiety and depression make you feel like your mind is split in half. It’s two totally opposites pulling your mind apart.
Depression takes away all your motivation to do anything, but anxiety makes you want to constantly do that activity. One makes you not want to do anything, but the other makes you terrified that if you miss something, you will be further behind than what you already are.
Imagine being stressed out about everything all the time but also not really caring about anything at all.
It feels like a constant heaviness in your mind.
Imagine feeling trapped in a cyclone of fear and negative thoughts, your thoughts are uncontrollable, running wild in a million different directions.
There are times when your thoughts seem like they are in a cloud. Your mind becomes blank and you are no longer mentally present. You have a foggy mind making it difficult to think, concentrate or form thoughts.
Imagine there is a voice in the back of your mind, a voice that becomes your biggest commentator that constantly points out every flaw.
It is to be constantly held back from things you really want to do. Depression says, ‘don’t go, you don’t have enough energy and don’t feel like socializing’ and anxiety says, ‘what if you don’t go and you regret it, or if you do go, what if something happens or you panic?’
Imagine your mind playing tug of war with your body.
Anxiety is to feel everything.
Depression is to feel nothing.
A mind at war.
And so, it begins the battle of the minds.
Do you want to have a better understanding about what it is like to have anxiety and depression? Listen below: