Depression is the common cold of mental health. But why are we better at dealing with colds and coughs, but clueless and ashamed when it comes to depression?

Depression is not sadness. When you’re depressed, it’s hard to feel. Things that you used to enjoy, you no longer do. You can’t focus, are indecisive, and worry you’re losing your memory. You find it hard to sleep. And when you sleep all day, you’re still tired. Everything takes  a ton of energy to do, sometimes you think of ending your life. As social animals, feeling lonely in your experiences can make depression worse. But because of the stigma associated with mental health difficulties, it becomes easier to withdraw without knowing that you’re not alone.

“Others imply that they know what it is like to be depressed because they have gone through a divorce, lost a job, or broken up with someone. But these experiences carry with them feelings. Depression, instead, is flat, hollow, and unendurable. It is also tiresome. You’re frightened, and you’re frightening, and you’re “not at all like yourself but will be soon,” but you know you won’t.”

–Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir Of Moods And Madness

To get out of depression, you need to understand yourself and what depression is. Here’s a guide I’ve written and compiled for you. I hope it helps you.