Depression is known as one of the common psychological disorders. It is a severe or chronic mood disorder that leads to a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest, affecting an individual’s ability to live normally.

Symptoms of depression often encompass all aspects of a person’s life, impacting the patient’s mental health, feelings towards themselves and others, thinking patterns, and behaviors. It can also affect a person’s appetite and sleep duration.

The symptoms of depression can vary and manifest differently in each individual. Some common signs that you may experience if you suffer from depression include:

  • Severe sadness
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness
  • Low energy and constant fatigue
  • Lack of interest in daily activities that were once enjoyable
  • Neglecting personal health and appearance
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Poor concentration
  • Difficulty making decisions

These symptoms can affect a person at some point in their life, and due to these signs indicating depression, the individual might seek help from a doctor who then prescribes antidepressants. These medications are often responsible for increasing the release of the happiness hormone. However, in this way, we do not address the root problem but merely manage the symptoms.

The irony is that most of these symptoms are actually signs of spiritual growth! Yes, growth! The phase that a person goes through, which some classify as a disease, is actually necessary for the development of the spirit and self. As Dr. Nada states in her video “The Depression Trick,” when someone feels disconnected from the external world and struggles within themselves, asking existential questions, they are on the right path. All they need to do is accept these feelings and work on integrating them to understand that the external world is a reflection of their inner world. However, a misdiagnosis can lead to further disconnection and prolonged suffering.

To understand the concept better and hear Dr. Nada’s views on depression and why she calls it a trick, watch her video “The Depression Trick”, found on her YouTube channel in Arabic.