Overcoming Depression: A Guide to Mental Well-Being

Adejoke Ogundipe
10 min readJul 12

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Free of charge, I’d like to inform you that the majority of us suffer from depression in one form or another, some days we are at 100 while some days we are at 10 but the main point is we never give up on the days we are at our 10 which makes us see the next day which will be a day of our 100 ahead. I hope you are doing well, and how is your day coming up?

So today, we will be going through the topic “Depression”. What does depression mean, yea, it is what you think it is and I would be doing this with the help of ChatGpt. Before going into the details, let me gist you what brought up the topic, I get to hear a lot of stories saying this person died of depression, this fellow looks depressed and it got my curiosity that I would love to know what the cause might be and how does it affect people and how to be of help, when do a fellow know when he/she falls into depression, what are the thoughts in his/her head before taking the decision of ending his/her life.

I got a lot of questions running through my head, hence why I sat down with Gpt which is the faster method of me getting the knowledge and getting answers to my curiosity. Hence why we are here, kindly learn with me on the topic: Depression. And I pray peace into the souls of every mind in depression, I pray God would attend to them and touch their minds and show them reasons for living in their current seasons.

Millions of people worldwide suffer from depression, a complex mental health problem. It is distinguished by enduring feelings of melancholy, emptiness, and a loss of interest in once-enjoyed activities. In this article, we’ll look at the reasons why people get depressed, how it affects people and society, and what we might be able to do to manage and treat it.

What are the causes of depression? We have:

Comparison

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We, humans, compare a lot, my friend is driving a G-wagon and I am driving a small Ferrari. Lord, when you are driving Ferrari please what about people on the foot-wagon? Are they not being also? I want to implore you to always celebrate your small wins, be happy with your current state, dream big, and compare less.

Comparison is not about material things alone, some parents compare their kids, can’t you see what A is doing can’t you do the same and not knowing that they are affecting their kids' mental being? The comparison should be a topic on its own because it goes through all the sectors of life.

Biological Factors

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Genetic predisposition, imbalances in brain chemicals (neurotransmitters), and hormonal changes can contribute to depression. Science said Biological Factors are also a cause of depression. I would be leaving this point to the scientists or Doctors in the house to help with a vivid explanation of it.

Environmental Factors

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The environment a child comes from and adverse life events such as trauma, loss, financial difficulties, or chronic stress can trigger or exacerbate depression. That is why there is a saying, you need to check the environment you live in either it would help your kids or destroy them. What makes an environment are the people in the environment, who the kids talk with, and walk with. It would affect and add to their growth or development.

Psychological Factors

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Low self-esteem, perfectionism, negative thinking patterns, and a history of other mental health conditions can increase the risk of depression.

Some of us fight numerous internal fights, while others want approval from others before they can do one or two things. If the other party disappoints, they won’t be able to manage the disappointment because we put all of ourselves into it. Just be yourself and live the rest of your life at peace with yourself. Take chances, and if the outcome wasn’t what you were hoping for, try again or try something new.

Social Factors

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Depression can be exacerbated by social isolation, loneliness, and a lack of social support. Some people are stuck in this situation because they need other people’s approval or comments to survive. One time my sister saw something on Facebook and informed me about a young man who had died after reading a message in the comment section. No one has the ability to govern you until you give them permission, not even other people’s opinions. If you believe what you say about yourself, it is reality.

Effects of Depression on Us:

  1. Impaired Emotional Well-being: Depression causes enduring melancholy, hopelessness, and emotional instability, making it difficult to feel happy or enjoy once-pleasurable activities.
  2. Cognitive Decline: Memory issues, concentration issues, decreased decision-making skills, and a negative cognitive bias that reinforces unfavorable thoughts and perceptions are common problems for depressed people.
  3. Physical Health Complications: An increased risk of physical health issues, such as cardiovascular illnesses, impaired immune system response, chronic pain, and sleep disruptions, is linked to depression.
  4. Social Isolation: People who deal with depression frequently avoid social situations, have difficult relationships, and feel lonely and alienated.
  5. Suicidal Ideation and Self-Harm: Serious depression can result in suicidal or self-harming thoughts, which calls for quick attention and help.

Solutions to Depression

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  1. Lifestyle Modifications:

— — Regular Physical Exercise: Engaging in aerobic exercises, strength training, or mind-body practices like yoga or tai chi can improve mood, reduce anxiety, and boost overall well-being.

— — Balanced Diet: Consuming a nutrient-rich diet, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and omega-3 fatty acids, can support brain health and optimize mood.

— — Sleep Hygiene: Establishing a consistent sleep schedule, practicing relaxation techniques, and creating a sleep-friendly environment promote restorative sleep and help alleviate depressive symptoms.

— — Stress Reduction Techniques: Incorporating stress management techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, music & dance is also an antidote for stress reduction, progressive muscle relaxation, or mindfulness practices can reduce stress and enhance resilience.

2. Support Systems and Community Involvement:

— — Peer Support Groups: Participating in support groups, either in-person or online, provides individuals with an opportunity to connect with others who have similar experiences, share insights, and receive validation and support.

— — Social Integration: Building and maintaining healthy relationships, participating in community activities, and engaging in hobbies or interests foster a sense of belonging, reduce isolation, and improve overall well-being.

3. Words of Affirmation:

Start your day by speaking facts, calling success into your life, and shaping your day with your words. I am blessed, I am a blessing, I am the daughter of the greatest, I live in abundance, I am brilliant, I am a genius, I am the best at whatever I do, my day is blessed, favor is mine, and there are countless other wonderful things to say about you. I’m happy, not depressed. And if you can do this for a few days, you’ll see a difference in your life and the world around you. You are in charge of your day; as I mentioned, nobody has the right to upset you. Instead, try to irritate them with your smile 😀. So ride on champions.

Let us check out some Youtube Channels that can help provide additional help. We have:

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  1. The School of Life
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This channel offers a wide range of videos that explore various aspects of mental health, including depression. They provide insightful and thought-provoking content on understanding and managing depression, relationships, self-improvement, and emotional well-being.

2. Kati Morton

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Kati Morton is a licensed therapist who covers various mental health topics on her channel. Her videos on depression provide practical advice, coping strategies, and information about different treatment options. She also addresses common misconceptions and promotes mental health awareness.

3. TED Talks

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TED Talks feature engaging presentations by experts and individuals sharing personal experiences. Searching for “depression” on the TED Talks channel will yield numerous talks on the subject, including insights from psychologists, researchers, and people who have overcome depression.

4. HealthyPlace

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HealthyPlace offers a wide range of videos on mental health, including depression. The channel features interviews, personal stories, and expert advice, covering topics such as coping skills, self-help strategies, and understanding the various aspects of depression.

5. Psych2Go

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Psych2Go is a channel that covers various psychological topics, including depression. They provide informative and easy-to-understand animated videos that explore the causes, symptoms, and management of depression. The channel also offers insights into related topics like anxiety and self-care.

Okay, let me also touch my book lovers. Here are some books to read on Depression:

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  1. “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy” by David D. Burns
  2. “Reasons to Stay Alive” by Matt Haig
  3. “The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness” by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn
  4. “Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness” by William Styron
  5. “An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness” by Kay Redfield Jamison

Kindly note: books can offer valuable insights and support, but cannot substitute for professional help.

Examples of People that was Depressed and were able to overcome it:

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  1. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: The renowned actor, producer, and former professional wrestler has been open about his battle with depression. Johnson shared that he experienced a deep bout of depression following a series of personal and professional setbacks. Through therapy, exercise, and a strong support system, he was able to overcome his depression and find renewed purpose and success. And I want to say to you, you can overcome it too.
  2. Lady Gaga: The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Lady Gaga, has been vocal about her struggles with depression and anxiety. She has spoken about the challenges she faced in managing her mental health while pursuing her music career. Gaga has become a prominent advocate for mental health awareness and encourages others to seek help and support.
  3. Ryan Reynolds: The popular actor and producer, known for his roles in films like “Deadpool” and “The Proposal,” has openly discussed his battle with depression. Reynolds has emphasized the importance of seeking help and removing the stigma associated with mental health. Through therapy and a strong support system, he has been able to manage his depression and maintain a successful career.
  4. J.K. Rowling: The author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, has shared her experience of depression during a challenging period in her life. She revealed that she faced feelings of despair and contemplated suicide. Rowling sought professional help, and with time, therapy, and writing, she was able to overcome her depression and achieve immense success.
  5. Jon Hamm: The actor known for his role as Don Draper in the television series “Mad Men” has spoken openly about his struggles with depression. Hamm has emphasized the importance of therapy and finding healthy coping mechanisms. Through treatment and support, he has managed his depression and continued his successful acting career.

Other Socials to Follow to Get Motivation

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Instagram:

  • @thegoodquote: Provides uplifting quotes and positive affirmations to boost motivation.
  • @jayshetty: Jay Shetty shares wisdom, personal development insights, and motivational content.
  • @goal.cast: Offers motivational videos, success stories, and tips for personal growth.
  • @lewishowes: Lewis Howes shares motivational posts, interviews, and insights on achieving greatness.
  • @happsters: Focuses on spreading happiness, gratitude, and positive vibes.

Twitter:

  • @TinyBuddha: Shares inspirational quotes, articles, and practical tips for personal growth.
  • @tonyrobbins: Tony Robbins provides motivational tweets, success strategies, and empowering content.
  • @garyvee: Gary Vaynerchuk shares motivational and entrepreneurial insights for personal and professional development.
  • @TheMoodCards: Offers daily mood-boosting tweets, affirmations, and self-care reminders.
  • @MelRobbins: Mel Robbins shares motivational messages, tips for overcoming challenges, and personal development advice.

Facebook:

  • Goalcast: Offers motivational videos, inspirational stories, and personal development content.
  • Humans of New York: Shares powerful stories and photographs that inspire empathy, resilience, and compassion.
  • Positive Outlooks: Provides uplifting quotes, feel-good stories, and positive news to brighten your day.
  • Live Purposefully Now: Focuses on personal growth, positivity, and creating a purposeful life.
  • The Daily Goalcast: Offers motivational quotes, videos, and articles to inspire and empower.

For different types of quotes, you can check out https://www.brainyquote.com/ there are different categories of quotes from motivational to inspirational, enjoy and work on your mindset.

We all get this, superstars, my champions 🥰🥰🥰.

So, I hope you were able to take one or two points home, still your home girl. Till we meet again on this same platform.

Thanks for reading through today’s write-up. Much love from me to all my readers and my ever-growing followers. Thanks to you guys for the support every day.

Take flowers 🥰🤗🤗🤗

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Adejoke Ogundipe

An explorer of tech world, a learner, an epigrammatist and a rare gem..