Word 2: Depression

I have decided to choose my second word for the https://gemoomay.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/visual-communications-brief/ (visual communication brief) which is DEPRESSION.

When we say “depression” in modern day society most people’s reaction would be to picture a person huddled in a corner crying. This is the stereotypical visual perception of depression, though sometimes it is very true.

Depression affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms.

They range from lasting feelings of sadness and hopelessness, to losing interest in the things you used to enjoy and feeling very tearful. Many people with depression also have symptoms of anxiety.

There can be physical symptoms too, such as feeling constantly tired, sleeping badly, having no appetite or sex drive, and complaining of various aches and pains.

The severity of the symptoms can vary. At its mildest, you may simply feel persistently low in spirit, while at its most severe depression can make you feel suicidal and that life is no longer worth living.

For a more detailed list, read more about the symptoms of depression.

Most people experience feelings of stress, sadness or anxiety during difficult times. A low mood may improve after a short time, rather than being a sign of depression. Read more information about low mood and depression.

Sometimes people may self harm, take pills, overdose, drink, hurt those around them, become anorexic/bulimic or even commit suicide due to depression. I feel like these ‘symptoms’ have been quite widely explored when it comes to photography and artwork in relation to depression. below are some examples of artwork in relation to depression (they aren’t my pictures):
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I have noticed the colours used in these images (and many more not included in this post) are very dark and dingy, just overall quite ‘depressing’ which fits the word very well.


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