Three Good Things About Depression That Many Don’t Know

“Maybe our depression is telling us what we need to most”- Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W

Depression, according to Encarta, is a mental or mood disorder resulting in varied degree of symptoms such as persistent feelings of hopelessness, dejection, poor concentration, lack of energy, inability to sleep, and, sometimes, suicidal tendencies.

Depression is a foreign illness to Africa, as it is, because anyone suffering from mood disorder is considered to be possessed by the devil.

In other words, a sufferer is stereo-typically believed to be under-punishment for atrocity (ies) committed in the past.

Upon this premised is the insider story I had with a few patients in the Black Hole:

Patient 1: “Taking into drugs was my habit, all because of the friends I kept back in school. However, until one day, I started misbehaving resulting from sleepless night I had that spanned for several days.”

Patient 2: “I was a very studious student during my undergraduate aiming First Class, at all cost; hence, I skipped sleeps, and read everywhere. Eventually, I broke down, as I could not regain the path of sanity any longer.”

Patient 3: “Being a freethinker (the popularly called, S.U.), I partook in deliverance for many who were under spell by the devil. Therefore, I threw away decent sleep as I was always on the go; thus, this led me to where I’m, until one day I had a crisis.”

Having informed you of these predicaments, the health lessons about depression are:

1.) Call For A New Lifestyle: Depression is a call for change in lifestyle. Your body make-up is hardwired to live in a certain way, most suitable for it. So, when life falls apart, it’s a health lesson to hurriedly take.

Little wonder, due to irreparable loss to your brain, you’re bound to take drugs in order to restore what has been lost.

Moreover, ultimately, you got to backtrack, and desist from former ways of living prior to having crisis. Depression is a feedback your body communicates of being over-use or misuse.

2.) Analytic Thinking: Many people who have suffered depression in history were, often times, better-off after all. Albert Einstein, Henry David Thoreau, Abraham Lincoln, Wilson Churchill, Mark Twain, Buddha, and Sigmund Freud, were just a few.

These people have bequeathed us their ingenuity by transforming the way we live. So, never condescend yourself because of an ailment you’re currently undergoing.

Believe that it is for the better because it is a popular saying that says, “What does not kill us makes us stronger.”

3.) Self-Discovery: Depression is a potent illness that introduces a man to himself.

It’s an undeniable fact that during a manic stage of Bi-polar illness, the patient produces a finest work of art unimaginable, such as delivering a powerful speech, masterpiece painting, and composition of amazing theme.

There are many speculations regarding production of historical plays of the world acclaimed poet, playwright and actor, William Shakespeare such as Hamlet, Ophelia, Othello, Lear, the Macbeth, and me.

Thus, his journeys into the Mind reveal his grasp of mental illness . Culled from

Depression is an unsolicited health feedback that guides and restores humans to the path of sanity — Jacob Ajao

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