Healthcare - Patient EducationThe Symptoms of Depression

In this video we explain the main symptoms of depression and why people shouldn't feel bad about getting help if they experience them.

This mental health explainer video was designed for a Facebook campaign which is why it features a lot of text. Since we've been publishing a lot of popular videos on Facebook with more than a million views we noticed that only about 30% of the people watch our videos with the sound turned on (Facebook gives you these statistics). That's when we decided to try videos that could easily be understood when they're played without any sound at all. Since then our view and share ratios have gone up by a lot.

The reason for this is that Facebook has recently launched a feature where it autoplays videos when people scroll down on their Facebook feeds. But they won't stop and turn on the sound for a video which they don't really know what it's about. Also many people won't bother to read the post description because the text isn't animated. But if you include animated (hand written) text in your video, most people will stop to watch and read it, giving you a higher chance that they will turn on the sound and watch the entire video.

That's why we highly recommend designing your explainer videos with lots of text in them if you're planning to make it popular on Facebook.

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Depressive Disorder is [1.1] different [1.2] from just any [1.3] sadness that comes [1.4] from disappointment or sorrow [1.5]. The word "disorder" means an abnormal physical or mental condition. [2]
Patients suffering from depressive disorder or depression are in a longer state of sadness than normal. To the point that it disrupts normal daily activities [1] because of symptoms like insomnia, [2] inability to focus, [3] lack of appetite, [4] complete loss of interest; [5] everything just seems terrible.
Depression can come from many different causes like genetics [1.2] and chemical imbalances in the brain [1.3] but [1.5] it's most often triggered by a traumatic event [2] like the loss of a loved one or personal failure. [3]
Just because someone is suffering from depression it doesn't mean that they are weak, give up easily or are unwilling to tackle a problem. [1] But due to the illness that has occurred to their mental state, [2] it means that they are not ready to face the issue. [3] It's like being in a pitch dark room and no matter where they turn, they just can't see the exit. [4]
But with proper help [1] and supportive peers, [2] it's like there's a helping hand [3.1] in turning on the light [3.2] which guides them to solving their problem on their own and returning to their regular lives. [4]
Many of you are probably wondering if perhaps you fall into this category too. [2] Let's see if within the last two weeks you have experienced any of the following symptoms: [3]
1. Feelings of discouragement, sadness, or despair 2. Complete loss of interest in activities or hobbies 3. Loss of appetite or extreme overeating 4. Insomnia or excessive sleeping
5. Feelings of anxiousness, restlessness or complete lack of motivation 6. Fatigue, easily decreased energy 7. Feelings of worthlessness and disappointment in oneself 8. Lack of concentration, focus, memory retention and inability to make decisions. 9. Suicidal thoughts
If you have experienced more than 5 [1.1] of these symptoms [1.2] almost everyday [1.3] within the passed 2 weeks it could [1.5] mean that you [2] are at a risk of having Depressive Disorder. [3] But before diagnosing yourself [4.1] with depression, [4.2] you should consult a psychiatrist [4.4] who can offer you their professional opinion after conducting a detailed analysis. [4.5]
Seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist isn't unusual or something to be ashamed of. [1.2] It's an incorrect assumption that those who seek mental health professionals are insane. [1.3] In reality, those that are suffering from stress or complex issues with no one to confide in can also consult a psychiatrist or psychologist. [2] Mental disorders are exactly like physical disorders that require specific consultation. [3] It's the same as if your teeth hurt then you see a dentist [4] or your knee hurts then you see an orthopedist.[5]