After hearing the devastatingly tragic news of Robin Williams' passing, it became known that this wonderfully talented entertainer had succumbed to depression.
Depression is condition in which a person feels discouraged, sad, hopeless, unmotivated, or disinterested in life in general.
It is very different than the “blues”.
Someone experiencing depression has feelings of severe despair over an extended period of time.
Almost every aspect of their life can be affected, including their emotions, physical health, relationships and work.
For people with depression, it does not feel like there is a “light at the end of the tunnel” — there is just a long, dark tunnel.
I have dealt with depression issues most of my life and I became extremely depressed after my second miscarriage.
I have always been fairly private when it came to feeling or emotions, even with my family and close friends. I think at a young age I found that other people had worse problems than I did, and I should be happy for my blessings. I felt selfish for being sad over something that was so minimal compared to something someone else was going through. I kept my feelings to myself and the more I held things, especially after my miscarriage, the deeper my depression became. Everyday wishing life was over. Worthlessness, Hopelessness, not caring about anything. Wanting it all to end.
I would not wish those feelings on anyone.
In my recovery I found that it didn't matter how little the issue was - it was still my issues and I had to deal with it. I had to voice myself - somehow get those feelings / emotions out, not keep them inside anymore. I had to ask for help.
This technique helped me but there are many other ways to recover from depression.
Speaking with a healthcare provider will help find something that is right for you.
If you feel a friend is in a depression, let your loved one know that you are there to offer support.
It can be helpful to say things like:
· “I’m here for you.”
· “I care.”
· “I may not understand your pain, but I can offer my support.”
· “You are a worthwhile person and you mean a lot to me.”
· “Your brain is lying to you right now, and that is part of the illness.”
· “Don’t give up. You can get through this.”
Dealing with depression can be very isolating. If you are having a hard time handling your depression alone, there are many organizations that can help you. If you’re thinking of harming yourself or others, seek help right away. Many cities and states also have local support lines and can put you in touch with professionals who can help you.
Here is a list of crisis hotlines in several countries that might be helpful: List of Crisis LinesTweet