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First of all, I would like to thank Vijay Sampath sir for shedding some light through this article on ‘Change induced Depression’ and trying to break down the causes and phases into discrete elements. This breakdown reduces the subjectivity of the topic and also makes it easier to understand. The article mentions about the modern population going into depression due to performance anxiety in social media. If my understanding about ‘social media’ reference is right, it consists of all platforms, online or offline, that enable us to interact with the outside world; generating perceptions about us and painting our personality. Although it is very important to maintain a good perception about yourself at work and in your personal life, it should not be given so much importance in one’s life that it begins to consume us. Citing from my personal experiences, I have seen people who are inactive on social media being more content and secure than people who practically live on social media platforms. The article states that the modern times are bombarded with change bullets while this was not the case with previous generations. I respectfully disagree. In the 1920’s and 30’s and then in the 50’s and 60’s, the world underwent enormous changes, changes that percolated down to the very basic and individual levels. World economies crumbled, wars were fought, diseases spread and new scientific innovations kept coming every other day. The day to day life was very difficult back then. We, in this era have got so much time in our hands to discuss and ponder on such problems only to let those problems grow on us and consume us from within. This is where my core idea on how to tackle depression lies; control emotions and find distractions temporarily. It is seen that people go into shock followed by denial on matters and subjects where they have invested a lot of emotions. Subjects and issues that are close to your heart are the ones that actually disturbs you the most. As a preventive measure, it is better to develop a thick-skinned approach to such stimuli. One should not get emotions or situations get the better of oneself. I would also like to bring the ‘terminal illness’ example mentioned in the article here to prove my point- I have seen two kinds of people who suffer from terminal diseases; the ones who get depressed over the issue and leave the world behind them to lead a life of solitude and others who actually don’t worry about their illness and make the most of whatever time they have left with them. And then there are necessary distraction; necessary in the sense that they are required to keep your mind off depressing issues. To summarize, it actually depends on what sort of a person you are and your reactions towards depressing situations. We should not see depression from the cause’s side assuming the fact that a theory can illustrate what effects it can have on people rather treat each individual as a separate entity and analyze how he or she deals with depression. At the end of the day, the purpose is to understand whether depression can be tamed or not.

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