We all experience unhappiness and bereavement at some
time in life. Our faith and belief in Gods will are usually enough
to console and strengthen our sense of loss, grief or sadness. However
as human beings we are prone to feelings of depression under serious
and difficult circumstances. It has been said that depression affects
up to 40% of people at some stage in their lives, and has been found
to be more common in women than in men. It can become an illness with
specific symptoms and signs, which affect both body and mind, causing
great personal distress. Depression is a clinical condition that can
be successfully treated by a range of therapies and support.
Causes of Depression
Depression is caused by a multitude of biological, psychological and
social reasons, like, financial problems, stressful events, the loss
of a loved one, unemployment, family problems, medications, long-term
illness, unnecessary negative thinking and post-natal depression.
People react to their problems in different ways, some being more
vulnerable than others.
People suffering from depression tend to feel isolated and detached
from the rest of the world. They can feel irritable, sad, fearful
and often judge themselves very harshly or critically, lowering their
self-esteem and confidence. Other symptoms may include:
• Low mood, less interest in life, sleeping problems, lack of concentration
• Lack of energy, lethargy, high anxiety, panic attacks, and restlessness
• Poor motivation, feelings of guilt, worthlessness and hopelessness
• A poor diet and loss of weight or binge and excessive eating.
People experience depression in different ways, the symptoms can vary
in severity and duration. Types of depression include, mild, moderate
and severe. A number of treatments are available, depending on the
degree of depression an individual is suffering. For mild forms,
the psychological approach of medical counselling is usually sufficient,
were as for severe cases a mixture of counselling and medication
is required. Depression can seriously affect a person’s daily
life, and many people do not seek assistance out of embarrassment
or shame. This needn’t be the case, someone depressed shouldn’t
bottle-up their feelings and should reach out for help quickly.
Those around them should offer empathy, support, reassurance, guidance
Our faith plays an important function in keeping us in good mental
and physical health. Belief and practice in our Islamic teachings
plays an integral role in helping us cope with the stresses of daily
life. Praying to Allah (swt) and truly believing that He is capable
of changing any situation for the better will have a positive effect
on our mental condition. Instead of worrying and obsessing about
a problem, one should depend on Allah (swt). We have been created
the Almighty to be tested and tried, and our success lies in perseverance
and patience during these difficult episodes in life. In such circumstances,
a person must remember that Allah is our only Saviour and Protector.
The One whom we will never lose like our other relations; Who is
always be with us and Who always thinks and plans best for us.