I am asking because the recent news of Robin Williams' suicide has really hit me hard and I want whoever is reading this to know: you don't have to be ashamed of depression, it's an illness but not a weakness, you will be taken seriously if you speak up, and you will be helped. It's so sad that suffering like this has to be a part of the world. If you need a stranger to speak to (because sometimes that's easier) then please just ask. I hope you are okay. I really, really do.
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Thankyou Amy and Randall for your understanding of depression.....I've spent the last 37 years living in denial of certain events that have happened during my life span which has lead me to a downward spiral.....it has only been through my self heali
One problem with anxiety and depression is we can go to the doctor many many times telling them we are sick. Say like your immune system is shot due to worry (extreme) and depression(extreme). Doctors almost never ask about your life events, stress
I would like all viewers of this question to view my son's hub on this subject based on his practical experiences in dealing depression at the link: http://powercutin.hubpages.com/hub/Mood-Swings-Tee...
Sometimes it's really difficult to see the truth in that statement. The light in the tunnel feels like an oncoming train, I know that from experience but the fact that I got through it is proof that things really do get better.
When depression persists be it post partum, loss of anything, and you are uninterested in anything, thinking of ending your life because you think it will not end, the pain - therapy and a doctor (psychiatrist) are of KEY importance. It can be healed
It saddens me to read about people claiming that it was selfish of him to commit suicide. In a state like that, he simply isn't capable of seeing past his worries. I hope you recover from your depression, and the media will celebrate his life too.
Amy - Thank you for asking this question and for your kind comments. You are blessed.
@ AmyNaylor, You are so right about those who believe/practice the Word.Living by it gives us reason for happiness/blessedness,hope and certainty of life everlasting, leaving no room for depression. It sounds weird- however works , greatly, cool !
He was alone. Obviously he took his life as he was in severe pain. For a man who was so popular, living alone and taking his life ... sad. I do not blame him. I am sorry he did. And sorry nobody was with him to stop him. You MUST NOT BE ALONE.
Wow Marie I loved what you had to say beautifully put. I to feel very deeply about Robin's circumstance its all to very real.
Your reply and description of depression is great. People feel alone and let off from company. This is some kind of inferiority complex and insecure future. They might be having some ideals and dreams unaccomplished or utterly failed in life
Sadly if the depression is hereditary, the alcoholism hereditary ... the medications and therapy are needed - even if the medications do not all work for the same people. There are many medications to try. How can he have been alone? So sad.
Many I have known who reached the bottom and were clinically depressed for reasons that did not have to do with inheriting it from family sought a higher power. Many I have know who suffered mental ilness did seek a higher power. For some it worked.
You speak well and true about depression. Good for you for being strong enough to accept it and learn to get by. I hope that one day you break free of its reigns. (Though it makes for material for some bloody good poetry if you don't mind me saying!)
Never fight the thoughts. They are only thoughts. They are not bad or good. Never fight any of it. All emotional states will pass. Emotions are transient. I know this dark place well. I accept it and let it be. I let myself do nothing if need be.
I am a Christian as well. Do you not remember Paul asking God to remove his affliction 3 times? Clinical depression is not something one can decide to have or not to have. It is a chemical imbalance in the brain. Thank God you have not had to experi
Depression is not something you choose to allow, but part of recovery is certainly choosing to fight it. I am not a Christian, I have no faith, but I admire those who do, it must give you more hope and happiness than I could ever imagine.
@ JThomp42 Yes I do remember- and after all, Paul was able to write"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again:Rejoice!"- I believe he also lived accordingly.The Scripture is clear: about the righteous being delivered …Depression isn't from
Michael.... you need to read Marie's answer as you have no idea what depression is or how it can control one's life!