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Depression The Silent Killer by Bishop J.P Thiong’o

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We all have come across a hard time at some point in our lives.

Time after time when bad things happen to us or to the people we love most, we tend to enter a period of sorrows, sadness or emotional hardships.

All sad moments are not depression but can lead to depression.

According to Bishop John Paul Thiong’o – The author of Depression the Silent Killer,

We learn what is depression, how to handle it and the possible causes.

Many have severe depression, but not many know. Depression is a silent killer. When they try to reach out, they feel like nobody will listens. They end up blaming themselves completely. Somebody may appear to be positive and happy, but inside, something is eating them away. It’s not something one can easily come out of. It’s not that is easy to understand, unless you have been liberated from it. What depressed people need is empathy, kindness, support, somebody to stick with them through all the tough times. It may not be the absolute cure, but it can guide them in the right direction. It is vital we treat everybody with kindness, respect, understanding, and love. Reach out to others with no judgment. Let them know that someone cares, and that they are never alone. Just one loving person is all it takes to save a dear life. Be that person, be that support. Allow God to use you to save lives.

In his advice to the Leader, Bishop Paul Thiong’o advice his readers that,

The most important thing is not to deal with it alone. There is an incredible, miraculous magic when you push the feelings of depression out. Ignite a light in yourself, and be a light to yourself, so that you can spread it among every person you encounter. Be conscious of other people, and of yourself.

Depression is a very difficult thing to process, many even in the church, hard-working, supportive, loving, and seemingly happy persons are hiding so much struggle and pain.

If you are not sure about your mental health condition, it is good to study and explore the signs and causes of depression so that you can be a look out to not be a victim of the deadly silent Killer.

Recently there has been lots of cases where people lost their lives due to depression without knowing that they were suffering of the same.

Conditions that can get worse due to depression include:

Depression can be more than a constant state of sadness or feeling “blue.”

Symptoms and signs of depression in men, women & children

Major depression can cause a variety of symptoms. Some affect your mood, and others affect your body. Symptoms may also be ongoing, or come and go.

The symptoms of depression can be experienced differently among men, women, and children differently.

Men may experience symptoms related to their:

  • mood, such as anger, aggressiveness, irritability, anxiousness, restlessness
  • emotional well-being, such as feeling empty, sad, hopeless
  • behavior, such as loss of interest, no longer finding pleasure in favorite activities, feeling tired easily, thoughts of suicide, drinking excessively, using drugs, engaging in high-risk activities
  • sexual interest, such as reduced sexual desire, lack of sexual performance
  • cognitive abilities, such as inability to concentrate, difficulty completing tasks, delayed responses during conversations
  • sleep patterns, such as insomnia, restless sleep, excessive sleepiness, not sleeping through the night
  • physical well-being, such as fatigue, pains, headache, digestive problems

Women may experience symptoms related to their:

  • mood, such as irritability
  • emotional well-being, such as feeling sad or empty, anxious or hopeless
  • behavior, such as loss of interest in activities, withdrawing from social engagements, thoughts of suicide
  • cognitive abilities, such as thinking or talking more slowly
  • sleep patterns, such as difficulty sleeping through the night, waking early, sleeping too much
  • physical well-being, such as decreased energy, greater fatigue, changes in appetite, weight changes, aches, pain, headaches, increased cramps

Children may experience symptoms related to their:

  • mood, such as irritability, anger, mood swings, crying
  • emotional well-being, such as feelings of incompetence (e.g. “I can’t do anything right”) or despair, crying, intense sadness
  • behavior, such as getting into trouble at school or refusing to go to school, avoiding friends or siblings, thoughts of death or suicide
  • cognitive abilities, such as difficulty concentrating, decline in school performance, changes in grades
  • sleep patterns, such as difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • physical well-being, such as loss of energy, digestive problems, changes in appetite, weight loss or gain

How to deal with depression

The symptoms can extend beyond your mind.

  1. Admitting That there is a problem.

Just as walking with God begins with acknowledging our need for him, dealing with our anxiety requires acknowledging our need to deal with our anxiety. Doing so requires a lot of humility, and that is the primary reason many do not get the help they need.

2. Stop Self Medicating

Many who struggle with stress and anxiety develop their own way of coping along the way. Some of those ways of coping are helpful, but many of them are not. Some respond to stress by eating things they shouldn’t seeking help is the best way.

3. Take care of yourself physically.

Learning to rest is an important part of taking care of the body God has entrusted us with. Sometimes the most spiritual thing we can do is take a nap.

4. Do the things you love most

Find activities that makes you feel jovial, happy, refreshed, and internally fulfilled.

5. Pray for some spiritual guidance

6. Have regular medical check-ups

7. Embrace the problem as it is and start working from where you are standing.

In short, #KeepMoving #KeepWorking and always #DoYou

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