A feeling of extreme sadness, alienation from others, guilt feeling, a loss in anything or everything; this is depression. Whenever you observe these symptoms in anyone, be it a neurotypical person or even a special child, please be aware of this term and make them feel that you are there for them. Depression can happen to anyone and everyone. Just like the flu, high blood pressure and other physical ailments, depression is also something to be discussed. People feel that it is a shame to be diagnosed with depression. I strongly disagree.
Depression is a mental disorder and is indeed a very serious matter. You must have heard people often using the term depression when they feel anxious or ‘under the weather’. However, this is not a colloquial term. People with this mental ailment prefer not to tell others about how they are feeling as they feel that they will not be understood. Our society is progressing day by day but it refuses to change the mindset regarding mental disorders. Why can’t we just accept and help people dealing with depression? Why is everyone so demeaning towards each other? Why can’t we be humane and behave like responsible citizens?
Think about the unique needs of people when they develop depression. It pains me when I think about how one can help such people. Having depression and not being able to communicate one’s needs is truly disheartening.
My brother with Autism has depression, although, it is difficult to confirm whether he really has it or his behaviour is not due to his lack of expression and communication. Why should I not talk about this? I am not ashamed that he has depression and hence I am publically addressing this. It was a tough time for him during those 6 months when he refused to get out of his bed, when he would throw tantrums, cry and get aggressive. He would refuse to meet people or even his friends as a matter of fact. Finally, we went to a psychiatrist and now he is better as he is on anti-depressants.
Last but not least, I feel we should all help people who have depression. We should stand up for them and not alienate them. Let’s become an accepting society!