As you know, we try to keep our blog posts about the beauty in boudoir. However, due to recent events, and the passing of the beloved Robin Williams, we wanted to take a moment to have a serious talk.
My marketing director spoke to me recently about her experience saying "Lately I have noticed a surprising increase in suicides, just in my own friend circle. To think that the people I love and interact with could be battling a deep dark demon like depression, scares the hell out of me."
Me, I have my own family history of depression.... I lost my grandfather to suicide. Suicide has a ripple effect, it never just takes one life. It takes the lives of children and families as well, maybe not in the physical sense; but living the rest of their lives in a depression of their own. Agonizing over "what they could have done".
I have heard and read dozens of posts saying " snap out of it" and "depression is stupid and for weak minded people" or even " They are only doing that for attention". This is hurtful and saddens me beyond belief.
First of all, what is depression?
severe despondency and dejection, typically felt over a period of time and accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy.
The National Institute of Mental Health says that depression is a serious medical condition.
Medical News Today says:
"Depression, also known as major depression, clinical depression or major depressive disorder is a medical illness that causes a constant feeling of sadness and lack of interest. Depression affects how the person feels, behaves and thinks."
For more information from Medical News Today please follow this link:
So now you know what depression is right? If you have never felt this way than congratulations because most people feel "depressed" at some time or another in their lives. According to statistics 1 in 10 adults report being clinically depressed and about 80% who are clinically diagnosed are not receiving treatment.
Did you know that suicide is the tenth leading killer in America?
Depression has no "look". It does not care how old you are or if you are a male or female. Depression does not know race or religion. Some of the funniest people I know have battled clinical depression. Some of the wealthiest people I know are battling depression right now. So you see; depression is an illness that has no boundaries. There is no cure for depression but there are treatment options.
Do you think that you or someone you know may be suffering from depression?
First of all, do not panic and certainly know that you are not alone.
Here are some symptoms of depression that WEB MD says to be on the lookout for:
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
- Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
- Irritability, restlessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
- Overeating or appetite loss
- Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
- Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
Web MD has also pointed out that depression can lead to suicide, here are some signs to be on the lookout for:
Warning signs of suicide with depression include:
- A sudden switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy
- Always talking or thinking about death
- Clinical depression (deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating) that gets worse
- Having a "death wish," tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving through red lights
- Losing interest in things one used to care about
- Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
- Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will
- Saying things like "It would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out"
- Talking about suicide (killing one's self)
- Visiting or calling people one cares about
You can read more at: http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-symptoms-and-types
Depression carries a high risk of suicide. Anybody who expresses suicidal thoughts or intentions should be taken very, very seriously. Do not hesitate to call your local suicide hotline immediately. Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) -- or the deaf hotline at 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889).
So now you know some of the signs of depression and hopefully you understand that this is a serious epidemic in today's world. On the outside things may look peaceful and calm or even perfect, but you never truly know what is really going on inside of a persons mind or life unless you take the time to ask and pay attention.
There is hope. There are people out there to talk to. There are treatment options. You are never alone in this. And if you know someone who is suffering from depression, please do not hesitate to reach out to that person or talk to someone who you know is close to them about your concerns. You could save a life.