For most of us, we’ve had a few rainy days, but for the remainder of society, rainy days happen all the time. A lot of people tend to believe that depression is a passing emotion, something that cannot destroy the pace of one’s life. Families often make depression taboo and refuse to acknowledge it or discuss it. The use of medication further stigmatizes families and causes barriers for open discussion. For fear of appearing “helpless” or “needy,” individuals suffer in silence, alone until one day their illness becomes so apparent that it’s almost impossible to hide.
The reality is that depression exists and at higher rates than we care to embrace. Depression has become the nation’s most debilitating illness among us. It tears families apart (irritability), it creates roadblocks (isolation), it reduces productivity (lack of interest, poor concentration, poor sleep patterns), it leads to self-destruction (self-medication through drugs or alcohol; overeating, lack of exercise or motivation), it creates feelings of low self-esteem (guilt, unfounded self-blame), and submerges the sufferer in emotional, psychological, and physical pain (aches, unfounded illnesses, new ailments, fears, worries, anxieties, etc).
Overly positive or unrealistic thinking would have us believe that depression does not exist. It would have us believe that depression could not possibly be debilitating enough to require hospitalization. It would also have us believe that depression is apart of one’s personality and not an illness. So many erroneous assumptions exist. It’s about time it stop.
For more information on how depression affects the sufferer, the following videos provide detail:
Good video for children and adolescents suffering from depression:
Take good care of yourself & stay informed.
All the best
Severe depression can often lead to thoughts of suicide (suicidal ideation) and because of this, it is not only important to talk about depression but also raise awareness. Check out USC’s Social Work Blog Day to raise awareness.
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Last reviewed: 1 Sep 2013