Ganito ‘yan, Breaker.

Kapag sinabi mong, “I’m depressed” or you feel depressed, it is the same as feeling sad, lonely, or down.

It’s a fleeting emotion.

For example…

Natanggal ka sa work, bumagsak ka sa isang subject, or nag-break kayo ng jowa mo, of course you will feel depressed pero it quickly disappears when the situation changes.

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Pero kapag sinabi mong, “I have depression” it means you have a serious mental health problem.

You cannot just pull yourself together when you want to tulad nang sinasabi ng iba.

Kapag may depression ka, you must undergo treatments, just like when you treat a physical illness, you go to therapy and/or take anti-depressant medications, depende sa kung ano ang recommendation ng doctor mo.

Baka sabihin mo, “Ang OA naman.”

Hindi, bes.

Hear this out first.

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Sabi sa World Health Organization, “Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.”

Yet despite it being a common illness all over the world, marami pa ring tao ang confused and hindi ito tine-take seriously.

Bes, kung isa ka sa mga ito, gising!

Hayaan mong tulungan ka naming gumising sa katotohanan because this is where the problem lies.

The majority say they have depression to automatically describe how they feel kapag may masamang nangyari sa life nila na para bang it’s a normal emotional response, and everyone goes through it kaya ang daling sabihin na, “Just choose to be happy.”

Pero need mong maintindihan that yes, you are depressed with your current situation, pero wala kang depression.

Bakit important na maintindihan mo ‘to?

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Because people dealing with real depression prefer to hide their condition despite suffering from it for more than 2 weeks or months, or worse, years when it’s a sickness that can be cured.

They hide dahil natatakot silang ma-criticize or ma-judge kaya mas pipiliin na lang nilang itago ‘to instead of reaching out for help.

Important ‘to kasi that person who may be suffering from real depression can be your co-worker, your sibling, or your best friend.

Oo, ‘yung mga taong importante sa ‘yo.

You see, the danger about depression is that it’s not always obvious or easily detected compared with a physical disability.

Pangiti-ngiti lang ‘yan at sinasabi sa ‘yong “okay naman ako” kapag nangangamusta ka but deep-down they are battling with depression.

Ngayon na alam mo na, let’s end the stigma.

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Sign na ‘to para kausapin ang loved ones mo who always feel helpless and hopeless, who lost interest sa mga activities na dati niyang nae-enjoy, and laging galit and irritable – ilan kasi ‘yan sa mga signs of depression according to HelpGuide in their article Depression Symptoms and Warning Signs.

If you are the one going through depression and you’re reading this, hindi ka nag-iisa.

Call mo lang kami sa 8-737-0-777 or text 0999-227-1927.

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