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Depression

WHAT IS DEPRESSION?

Depression is the feeling of helplessness, despair and hopelessness. One often experiences feelings of low self-esteem and a loss of interest in life. Most people tend to experience such feelings from time to time, temporarily. The real problem arises when such a state of perpetual gloom continues to overshadow our lives for a week or more, in which case it may be classified as clinical depression.

CAUSES & SIGNS OF DEPRESSION

Family Issues

Marital problems, tumultuous parent-child relationships, or discord in the relationship of parents, which affects the children, are some of the common causes of depression. Marital discord can very easily lead to depression, which can then become a pre-cursor for abuse (be it physical, emotional or verbal).

Social Issues

Societal expectations and the consequent judgment, excessive workload (both, at the workplace or at home), social competition, financial stress, lack of social support for those in especially vulnerable positions (like single mothers, victims of rape), gender and racial discrimination and the consequent abuse (often verbal and emotional), pregnancy or child-birth or menopause (not in all cases) often contribute to depression.

Never lose hope, never give up, never think that the doors are closed for you. Allah is right there willing to answer you. All you have to do is ask him. Keep knocking His Door. [Surah Al Baqarah] 

IDEAS & INSPIRATIONS TO OVERCOME DEPRESSION

Depression is one of those challenges that changes person to person. One of the best remedies is talking in depth with a trusted, knowledgeable and understanding person. Coupled with that, here are some other tips you can keep in mind:

  • Take time out to talk to a family member or friend and share your thoughts with them, even if they may not be about what’s making you depressed. Ensure social connection and contact with those around. Don’t keep to yourself and dwell on negative thoughts.
  • If you are in an abusive relationship, leave. Staying is not going to help you.
  • If you have a troubled relationship with your children, try to take a family vacation. Disconnecting from routine life and refreshing yourselves is a proven remedy.
  • If you and your spouse are struggling with marriage, give couples therapy a go. Communicate your problems, rather than stewing over them silently.
  • Taking up writing, art, handiwork or any other hobby is often quite therapeutic.
  • Up the feel-good factor about yourself by spending a day doing community work, voluntary activities or charity work, and helping others regularly. This will make you feel better about yourself, God-willing.
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STEPS YOU CAN TAKE

  • Recovering from depression requires action, but taking action when you’re depressed is hard. In fact, just thinking about the things you should do to feel better, like going for a walk or spending time with friends, can feel overwhelming. That’s why it’s important to start small and slowly build from there.

Start small and stay focused.

Use this time to draw closer to God. He created you and nothing happens without His will. Sometimes these incidents in life can be signs from Him to get you closer to Him. He loves you and He will answer your Dua’a. All you have to do is raise up your hand and ask him. Never lose hope in His Mercy.

  • Draw upon whatever resources you have. You may not have much energy, but you probably have enough to take a short walk around the block or pick up the phone to call a loved one.
  • Be patient with yourself and celebrate each accomplishment. The steps may seem small, but they’ll quickly add up. If you continue to take positive steps day by day, you’ll soon find yourself feeling better.

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