With the recent death of Robin Williams, I felt that it was only right that we take today to discuss the cause of his rather sudden and unfortunate death.
What is depression?
Webster’s Dictionary defines Depression as:
a) an act of depressing or a state of being depressed; pressing down : lowering.
Let’s stop here. I find this so fitting. The depression we are talking about is a mental disease, however, the definition of physical depression is so similar to the physiological! When you are depressed mentally, you feel as though everything is weighing you down. Your self-esteem, your mental capabilities and concentration, and even your productivity are all lowered because you feel as though there is too much weighing on you.
b) a state of feeling sad : dejection (2) : a psychoneurotic or psychotic disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal tendencies.
What causes it?
What causes depression? There are tons of different theories about what the main cause is. Sometimes it’s nothing more than a chemical imbalance. Below is a diagram from the Center for Applied Research in Mental Heath and Addiction.
What helps? What Doesn’t?
Psychcentral.com has an awesome article on nine ways to take care of yourself when you have depression.