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Depression between Science and Religion

Depression can be difficult, affecting people’s life. It’s, unfortunately, a common disease which it’s number increase rapidly among people. You can avoid it in some cases, even if you had any previous experiences by following a particular pattern in life. Major depression may strike one of three people once in life. It is normal to feel sad in response to conflicting life situations. Such events could include loss, stress, parents’ divorce, failure, work difficulties, or disappointment. It can interrupt your ability to work, think, eat, dream, and enjoy your own life.

Depression signs and symptoms:

Emotional symptoms:

Emotional symptoms of depression may include:

  • losing interests in your daily actions, hobbies, social activities, the ability to feel joy or happiness, it’s not the same joy that you’re getting out of it, that you used to. Maybe you used to be social and enjoy spending time with your friends and you find that you just can’t bring yourself to get out of the house to go and interact with these friends.
  • Inefficient thinking with low concentration, driving to difficulties solving problems or making decisions, and this can be difficult when you have to function and interact either in the workplace or fulfill your home responsibilities because you’ll find it harder to finish the tasks that you need to finish, and if you need to make decisions you find that you just can’t get yourself to the place of making choices that used to come easily to you.
  • Suicidal thoughts: talking about killing or harming yourself.
  • Feeling miserable for much of the day, and this misery could last for weeks, those feelings are more typical in teens that they will present with more irritability than sadness when they dealing with depression.
  • Feeling hopeless about getting better in the future or losing the ability to achieve your dreams is a very tough symptom because it keeps you stuck.

Physical symptoms:

physical symptoms of depression may include:

  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • the decrease in movement and speech
  • feeling restless or unable to sit still
  • gaining or losing weight
  • Increase the response to pain: headaches, cramps, digestive problems, or back pain. This is because pain and depression may share the same chemical pathways in the spinal cord.

Understanding the mind-body connection and its function in depression is crucial, you must consider both the emotional and physical symptoms of depression if you want to heal, this also may stop future relapses into depression.

How to deal with depression:

According to science:

  • there is a lot of techniques to deal with depression, and they are best used in combination with each other. The initial medical options are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), antidepressant medication, or Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). Learning strategies are also important when getting to control your depression. Techniques for problem-solvingare also taught whether the problem is a result or cause of depression. CBT is highly effective and 80% of people with light, moderate, or severe depression improve.
  • Do exercises: research shown that exercise helps in the treatment of depression because it increases your body temperature which calms your nervous system, it releases chemicals like endorphins as well. Rid your mind off worries so you can get away from negative feelings that feed depression. Exercise and physical activity is a good chance to meet people and have positive conversations.
  • According to the study, social media usage can cause depression and low self-esteem. It’s important to stay connected with family, friends, and coworkers. It’s how we plan and invite each other to events and share great stories.
  • continue to do things you enjoy, but go easy on yourself.
  • Be active and be with other people.
  • Get good rest and sleep well.
  • Eat a portion of healthy food at regular times.
  • Ask for help from your family and friends.
  • Postpone making any major life decisions until you feel better
  • Don’t ever use alcohol or drugs, because they will make your depression worse.

According to ISLAM:

Islam didn’t leave a problem unless he puts a lot of solutions in the palm of your hand. The prophet Mohamed [SAW] did not receive the revelation from ALLAH [SWT] for six months. He didn’t see Jibril and thought that Allah [SWT] is not satisfied with him. Then Allah[SWT] said ‘WAD DUHAA’

“By the morning brightness”

So the first thing you tell someone who is depressed, wake up, see the sunlight, There’s a lovely sun out there, lovely light. ‘WAL LAILI IZA SAJAA’

“And [by] the night when it covers with darkness”

People who are depressed stay up at night, they go to sleep in the morning.

'MA WAD DA'AKA RABUKA WA MA QALAA'

” Your Lord has not taken leave of you, [O Muḥammad], nor has He detested [you]”

In the same way YA ABDULLAH, Allah doesn’t hate you, and Allah has not forgotten you.

'WALA-ALAKHIRATU KHAIRUN LAKA MINAL-OOLA'

” And the Hereafter is better for you than the first [life]”

what is coming is better than what you hade in life.

'WA LA SAWFA Y'UTEEKA RABBUKA FATARDA'

“And your Lord is going to give you, and you will be satisfied”

Allah will give us Jannah insha’Allah and make us happy, Allah has promised this and of a surety very soon we’ll go to Jannah insha’Allah. It’s the most beautiful thing to say to a person who feels bad in his heart. Then Allah[SWT] gives us reasons to believe this In the rest of the verses of Surah Al-Duha.

The more we contemplate, meditate, and discover and search for the gems in the Quran, the more our hearts will become opened to receive mercy, guidance, and spiritual love. Quran tells us how we supposed to act and live and behave. how we supposed to be.

we should believe that if we engage with Quran and ponder upon it, we can find solutions for all of life situations.

Allah said in the Quran:

"INA MA ASHKO BATHY WA HOZNY ELA ALLAH WA AALAM MENA ALLAH MA LA TAA LA MOON"

“He said: I only complain of my grief and sorrow to Allah, and I know from Allah what you do not know “

Sometimes we are depressed in life or we don’t know where are going or what to do. And we can’t answer these questions properly.

So Yakub [PUH] says that he is in suffering and grief. But look at his solution. He says, ‘ I only complain of my grief and sorrow to Allah‘ That number one.

When we go to the next verse, He informs his sons to go and find out about Joseph and Binyamin(Yusuf’s brother). And look at what he states. He says “O my sons! Go and inquire respecting Yusuf and his brother, and despair not of Allah’s mercy; surely none despairs of Allah’s mercy except the unbelieving people.”

There are some lessons here:

  • He teaches us how to deal with grief and distress and depression because he was the only one in real distress and grief because he loved Joseph so much, he loved Binyamin so much, and he was distressed. But look what he does he complained to whom? to Allah.
  • Sincerely advise others of the mercy of Allah[SWT]. He told them about Allah’s mercy, His compassion, His love.

So keep on following the Quran, and if you feel depressed, rely on Allah, refer to Allah, depend on Allah, complain to Allah. Because He is the only one who can change the situation