WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT?
Believe it or not, I have a hard time accepting my current state to a point where it took me months until I've finally decided to tell my parents. Honestly, I wasn't sure if I really have one. All I knew was that I was starting to get tired of living and I felt (and still feel) like I'm carrying the weight of the world. People know me as a very jolly person who can't live a single day without laughing my heart out. Prior to all of these, I promised myself that I won't end the day without making someone laugh so hard they'd fart and cry. I don't know why all of a sudden I lost track and just start crying for no reason at all?
Most people have this misconception about depression. They perceive it is an illness that is just all in the mind. I, for one had a difficult time explaining my "situation" to my parents. In fact, as of this writing, my dad still cannot fathom the fact that her only daughter is going through a struggle that is utterly incomprehensible. My mom, on the other hand is very helpful in battling my depression.
TIPS ON HOW TO HANDLE YOUR DEPRESSION
LOOK FOR A FRIEND THAT YOU CAN TALK TO
It was my initial step, I talked to a friend whom I think can understand me better. He has been my confidant during my low episodes. I would always call and cry the pain out as much as I could. It may be a challenging first step but sharing your problem to another person can really help you. I know, I know that you wouldn't be able to internalize whatever the person is trying to tell you because you're in your self-built bubble and are probably confused, but I highly suggest that you seek for that person, your person - a close friend or a family member who can see you through your struggles.
LOOK FOR A HOBBY OR ACTIVITY THAT YOU CAN DO
The second thing I did was to look for an old hobby or activity that I loved but stopped doing ever since I had my depression. One good example is writing. Since I live alone during weekdays, there's no one I can share my thoughts with - so I'm taking this opportunity to get myself back at writing. Apart from indirectly talking to you, maybe in some ways you can use this to help your friend or loved one who's also struggling with such mental illness. It would be hard for them to understand how your mind works, but just breathe and relax.
GO OUT AND SPEND TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
As of this writing, I'm currently sitting on my best friend's chair because my best friends decided to spend our Saturday night together. Every weekend, I make sure I take time to go home and spend time with my family. People who are struggling with depression should keep themselves occupied by spending quality time with people who truly cares for them. Go out and have coffee with a friend and rediscover the little things. You'll be surprised that days have passed and maybe one day you'll wake up feeling okay.
IF IT STILL DOESN'T WORK THEN SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP
It took me months and months of self deliberation before I sought professional help. I listed down extreme feelings I would consider before going to the doctor. Currently, I'm taking antidepressant pills, but I'm not suggesting you to do the same. It has side effects that would highly affect your performance at work. Therapy is actually one of the best way to solve depression, but there are other means.