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How to Overcome Depression? Here is My Story

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Amy is a writer and a blogger. She loves to share her experiences.

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What is depression?

According to American Psychiatric association;

Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease your ability to function at work and at home.
Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:

  • Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Loss of energy or increased fatigue
  • Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., inability to sit still, pacing, handwringing) or slowed movements or speech (these actions must be severe enough to be observable by others)
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide.

It is the biggest cause of suicides in America and all around the world.

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How I overcame my depression

Most of us must have experienced depression at some time in our life, so, did I.

Hi I am Amy Hassan. I am in my twenties, and this is my story, how I overcame with my depression.

I am a born Muslim and we are taught since the beginning of our childhood that Allah is our Creator and it is obligatory for us to bow down to Him five times in a day. We have to say our prayers when the Azaan is called five times in a day.

But I found myself very careless, more interested in this-worldly life and least interested in religion. I lived a very luxurious and modern life. I was more into making parties and hanging out with my friend and least bothered to pray. Many years of my life passed away just like that and I completed my studies and then I got married.

I got a nice husband and good enough in-laws so, I had no reason to be worried about.
With the passing of a few months of my married life, I started to feel like there is something missing in my life and I am not happy even after having everything a girl could ever wish for.

I felt like I am hollow inside, I used to get sad for no reason, I started getting panic attacks. I felt like, something got stuck in my throat and I could not breathe easily.

I went to a doctor, and I told him my problem that I think so I got a tumor in my throat. The doctor examined me in details and after examining me completely, he told me that i had no medical issue, and I was suffering from depression.

He prescribed me some medicines, and I got relieved for a short time, and after some time I got it back even severe.
The most freaking thing was that, I had no problem at all and my condition was getting worse. I just wanted to end up my life.
One day I was just sitting and crying, meanwhile Azaan call started from a nearby mosque. It was a call,


Allahuu Akbar Allahuu Akbar
Allahuu Akbar Allahuu Akbar
Aashhadu Allaa ilaaha Illal-Laah
Aashhadu Allaa ilaaha Illal-Laah
Aashhadu Aanna Muhammadar rasulul-lah
Aashhadu Aanna Muhammadar rasulul-lah
Haiya ‘Alas-salah
Haiya ‘Alas-salah
Haiya ‘Alal-falah
Haiya ‘Alal-falah
Aasaalaatu Khaayrum Minan-Nauum.
Aasaalaatu Khaayrum Minan-Nauum.
Allahuu Akbar
Allahuu Akbar
Laa ilaaha Illal-Laah


‘ALLAH is Most Great. ALLAH is Most Great.
ALLAH is Most Great. ALLAH is Most Great.
I testify that there is no god except ALLAH.
I testify that there is no god except ALLAH.
I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of ALLAH.
I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of ALLAH.
Come to prayer.
Come to prayer.
Come to success.
Come to success.
Prayer is better than sleep.
Prayer is better than sleep.
ALLAH is Most Great.
ALLAH is Most Great.
There is no god except ALLAH.’

Soothe your heart by listening this

Depression is actually your Soul's scream

I think I never listened to Azaan so deeply ever before. It had a soothing effect on my soul. It was like someone just sprinkled water over burning coals.

I stopped crying, I got up, performed an ablution and offered my pray (Salah). I offered my Salah and cried aloud in tears and prayed to God, give me the peace of heart.

That was all missing in my life. I begged to God to grant me the peace of heart and soul. After crying in front of my God for a long time, I felt better, my heart felt much lighter and relaxed. I then offered my 2nd prayer and I felt, this was something missing in my life.

There was God missing in my life, my soul was screaming to bow down to its Creator. The hollowness of my soul started to fill in as I got closer to my God.

I started to perform my prayers regularly and I started to study Quran. My depression was like it was never been there and I am thankful to my Lord for that. He led me to the path of enlightenment. He saved me and granted me peace of heart and soul.

It is sometimes the wakeup call from God, to bring His servants closer to Him, as He loves His creation even 70 times more than, a mother does to her child.

Believe me when you feel depressed, empty and hollow, go to your Lord, cry in front of Him and ask for His help, it will pacify your heart like nothing else can ever do. These ups and downs comes in life by God's Will to bring His servants closer to Him, and this is His mercy indeed.

Depression is actually your soul's scream, who wants to get closer to its Mighty Creator. If you also suffering from same situations, then probably, it might be a wakeup call for you, from your Lord.

Return to your Lord, you will feel better, and your depression will be like, it was never been there. Try it....!!!

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Amy Hassan

Comments

Amy Hassan (author) on January 11, 2021:

Thank you Miss Lubna. And yes indeed. Azaan is powerful enough to shake up our sleeping souls.

Lubna Parvez from Lucknow on January 11, 2021:

Alhmdllilh....Beautiful write up... Being a Muslim I can relate to reach and every word. Nothing can be more rejuvenating than a good call of Azaan.