We can all agree that depression is the most widespread illness of modern times. It won’t matter whether you’ll be young or old, rich or poor, male or female. Depression can touch every one’s life and dramatically change it.
Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived, and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Sometimes people find it hard to understand what this illness is about, as it is often clumsily simplified.
Common thought leads us to relate depression to sadness. Truth is depression is so much more than just mere sadness, it involves a lot more feelings and affects in so many different ways our lives.
Some people describe depression as “living in a black hole” or having a feeling of impending doom. However, some depressed people don’t feel sad at all—they may feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic, or men in particular may even feel angry, aggressive, and restless.
Whatever the symptoms, depression is different from normal sadness, for it engulfs your day-to-day life, interfering with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and socialize.
This is why I found this article so interesting. Because when depression makes your world seem so small and tight, learning another language seems to help opening a window onto a wider world and enlarge your view.
So suddenly you can start finding interest in things and people, again; socializing won’t be that bad anymore, seeing your everyday improvements in a new language will inject new hope and self-esteem in yourself.
By Sabina Grixoni
Editor and Social Media Strategist
Communication Trainee at TermCoord