As stated by the Health Promotion Board (2013), “Depression is a medical condition that affects how you think and behave, and the way you feel and function.” (para.2). Depression is a state of mind that affects different aspects of one’s psychological condition. Many people feel depressed at different times and for varying lengths of time; some people may experience these feelings often or with deeper, more lasting effects. In some cases, depression can last for months or even years. Those who are depressed may experience a myriad of emotions such as disappointment, hopelessness and self-hate (“A Definition of Depression”, 2007, para. 1).
In our ever-changing sociopolitical landscape, youths are called to take on more responsibilities as the government increases the emphasis on education. This gives rise to a competitive learning environment where youths learn not for enrichment but to meet expectations that parents, teachers and friends have of them. Failure to do so will lead to consequences; and consequences might lead them into depression. The causes of depression are not limited to the abovementioned, and can be a result of other circumstances that individuals find themselves in.
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I personally feel that youths are extremely emotionally volatile as they go through phases of their life where they find it hard to control their own emotions, thoughts and speech. This often leads to them being misunderstood and at times ostracized, developing in them feelings of frustration and helplessness. By delving deeper into this topic, I am able to increase my awareness and knowledge about an issue that I am not fully familiar with. This knowledge may serve me well in the future as I want to make a difference in someone else’s life through their dark times.
An assumption that I have about depressed youths is that they would rather be left alone to internalize everything. This is not true as the depressed individual is likely to have feelings of low self-worth, overwhelmed by irrational fears and built up “walls” to protect himself. These ‘walls’ offer emotional asylum but this does not mean that the individual is unable to find comfort in constant reassurance from others. Furthermore, he might desire to be understood. It is extremely convenient to jump to conclusions about how someone is on the inside by observing the way they behave on the outside. However, we should learn to understand an individual from the way he feels internally to how it affects the manner in which he acts externally.
Another misconception is that depression will go away once a person is happy. What many fail to understand is that depression is not a mere emotion; it is a mental disorder. This comes about as a result of a lack of awareness to the symptoms, causes and solutions of depression. We seem to have stigmatized mental illness to be a sign of weakness, diminishing someone’s value as a person. In two...