Depression survivors feel they have conquered that toughest part of life. If they can overcome depression, what more in life can torment them? Little do we know that the evil witch that depression is tends to meet some along the road several times in a lifetime! Statistics have it that nearly 50% of all the people who once recover from depression suffer from depression relapses. On an average, most people with depression are likely to have 4 to 5 incidences of it across their lifetime.
Of course, it is just statistics and not necessarily the final call of judgment, it would be wise to know what a depression relapse is like, and what one could do about it. Recovery from depression is anything but a cake-walk. While we might think we’ve recovered completely, certain traps like frequent emotional instability and mismanaged responses to new incidences based on old behavior patterns is not something one leaves behind easily. Do lies that could be forgiven rather easily make you feel betrayed on totally another level? Do little failures in life make you feel like a loser altogether? Do you tend to have trust issues with even the most trustworthy people around? Depression has left you; it has readjusted your system and made it challenging to find happiness in little things. You are not depressed anymore, but you still struggle with your emotional rawness at the face of everything. Despite, you wear your victory against Depression like a batch. One fateful day, the victor wakes up to feel empty in the stomach again – with hands shaking, lips trembling and tears dropping like water would in heavy unforgiving monsoon. The victor looks at the batch of honor for some comfort, and it is very much there, but the whole system tells the victor otherwise. The unwelcome dark knight has come back. It generally is that in the first incidences of depression, people tend to not picture it quick. It slowly hovers over like a dark cloud and takes firm roots and one identifies it only when so much has changed. Depression relapses, however, are little like that. One has identified that state-of-being well enough already. So when the darkness begins to creep in, the entire being of a person gets alarmed. I know you! We have met before. What to do about depression relapses and how to get hold of an emotionally stable life? Here are certain things that might help:
I’ve often said that depression is like wearing tinted glasses. Everywhere you look, things look dark. Bleak. Black. Hopeless. Helpless. The waiting room for depression says, “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.
- Managing your emotions
- Do the next thing
- Talk it out
- Do a new thing!
- The basics!