Feeling down every once in a while is okay and part of the normal human cycle. However, when hopelessness, despair, and severe depressed mood take over, it's not just a normal cycle anymore. You can only ignore the symptoms for so long before they take over your life.
You will find that you're not eating as much as before, or eating too much. Your sleep will change and you won't be interested in regular activities anymore. You might even avoid your friends and family so that you don't have to interact with anyone.
Here are some of the symptoms of depression:
- Weight gain or loss
- No interest in routine activities
- Feeling hopeless and helpless
- Sleeping too much or not much at all
- Severe mood changes
- Feeling worthless
- Fatigue and loss of energy
- Aches and pains that have no medical cause
You don't have to live with depression, there is help. With the right therapist and medication, you can get back to your normal self. Seek help.
If you need to talk to someone and you are in the Saint Louis, MO area, feel free to go to Dr. Mahrukh Khan's walk in clinic, which is open from 4pm-6pm every Friday. Please contact us for the address and contact number.
If you are feeling suicidal or know someone who is, please reach out for help.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1- 800-273-TALK )
You can text them as well by texting the word, "GO" to 741741.
You can also chat with them here: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) experienced a time when he didn't receive any revelation for a long period. He worried and wondered why Jibreel (عليه وسلم) hadn't come to teach him anything new from the Quran. Then subhan Allah, Surat Al Duha was revealed with its beautiful, calming, and reassuring verses.
Have you struggled with depression? How are overcoming your symptoms? Let us know below.