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By: GardenGrrl , 10:20 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
Robin Williams was one of our greatest comedians.
It was a huge surprise to find out he had
been battling depression and committed suicide.
My worry is that others who struggle with depression will now see this as encouragement to
give up and commit suicide as well. If you are struggling with depression and his suicide
makes you feel like maybe it would be okay to kill yourself, PLEASE DON"T.
Talk to someone. If you don't feel like you can talk to someone you know you can call the
Suicide Hotline at (214) 828-1000. Be aware, that the line is getting a ton of calls right now
and you may actually get put on hold. If you don't think you can wait call 911.
If you want to talk to someone via e-mail, there are chat groups you can Google. You do not
have to be alone with your pain.
For people who don't understand depression, it is a serious and often deadly disease that
affects many people. It has not been taken seriously as a legitimate medical condition
because of the fallacy that it is a character defect. People used to think cancer and diabetes
were character defects too.
I think people consider depression "All in some ones head" because it does not make
sense to feel that sad and full of despair in proportion to ones life situation. For someone who
suffers depression it can be a beautiful day, you won the lottery, you are surrounded by
friends, yet it all seems hopeless. To feel that bad for no apparent reason a lot of depressed
people try to find reasons to be sad. Sometimes depressed people will sabotage their own
life so they have a concrete reason to feel so down.
Depression flat out does not make sense to the person feeling it. The lows are so low. Their
mood can swing one way or the other for no apparent reason. Life can be so good yet look
so hopeless and there is no reason. So a lot of people will create one. There are therapists
that really don't understand depression and they will help you create reasons too.
Depression is a chemical imbalance that affects moods. Yes, some depression is situational
caused by a trauma, but long term chronic depression is a medical condition. Unfortunately
medicine has not advanced enough to find treatments that work for every body every time.
If some one you love suffers from depression, it is not because they are weak. They have a
medical condition. If you suffer from depression, it is not an excuse to wreck your life. It can
be treated. It just takes a lot of work and vigilance. A lucky few find a medication that works
great. Most people need to try several kinds to find one that gives them relief.
Cognitive therapy also helps with depression. Because often there really is not a reason to
feel that bad except for the disease playing havoc with your emotions, it is important to think
through a crisis of feeling really low. Cognitive therapy helps.
Medications. Only illegal drugs will give a sense of every thing is good, but that doesn't last.
For this reason a lot of depressed people end up in drug or alcohol rehab. Be realistic about
what medication can do. If it keeps your mood from going too high or too low it is working.
Normal means you will still feel sad sometimes and generally when it is appropriate to feel
Often medication will work most of the time but occasionally you will hit a low. Cognitive
therapy will help. Distracting yourself with other things will help. Talking helps.
Suicide will not help.
This is a short description of what depression really is. If you love someone who suffers from
depression I hope this helps. If you suffer from depression I hope this puts it in a better
perspective. You probably already know a lot of doctors don't understand your condition.
You need to learn to understand it and your life will get better.
Yes it is work. No you will not always be a ray of sunshine. The lows will come and go but as
you learn what it is and how to deal with them they are not so bad. If you can say a lot of the
time Life Is Good, it means you achieved normal.
Don't give up. There is Hope.
In case you don't get to Sandi's comment #4, here is the link she posted. It also explains depression quite well. Whether you suffer from it or know someone that does, knowledge is one of the first steps in treating it. Article in the Post
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