While there are many people who struggle to understand it, being clinically depressed is much different than being upset or having any sort of emotional response to challenges faced in life. Depression can vary in severity and it can put a strain on every aspect of a person’s life. This disorder makes it harder for a person to perform important tasks at work or school, navigate personal relationships and enjoy activities they take interest in, furthermore, it is known to cause a great deal of suffering.
Sadly, depression is far from rare. In fact, it’s of the most common mental disorders. According to the World Health Organization, as many as 300 million people of all ages suffer from this disorder, making it the leading cause of disability worldwide. Despite the fact that there are a variety of effective treatments, due to reasons such as social stigma, common misconceptions about the disorder, financial issues, failing to get the correct diagnosis and many more, a lot of people don’t get treated.
If you are one of those people who are suffering from this disorder, the good news is that you’re not going through this alone. Recently, #HowIFightDepression started trending on Twitter with hundreds of people eager to share what helps them cope with this disorder in hopes that their tips will help others. Scroll down below for some of the best responses people have shared.