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The Hidden Epidemic

Something I found from Bucket of Emotions Blog:

How does having a mental health issue impact on peoples lives?

Being seen as “crazy” can give some people a bad reputation in a social situation, usually withdrawing from socialising. During teenage years it is frustrating trying to voice whats going on in your mind, this can lead to a lot of tension even in a close family. Getting psychiatric care during those teen years whether you’re medicated or not, you’re able to resolve some social awkwardness and regain some normalcy in your life.

How does having mental health issues and an addiction Impact on peoples lives?

Anyone can become addicted to any substance, having a mental illness doesn’t  make you more susceptible to taking drugs, but it happens. The elms that face anyone addicted are the same as those with mental illness. A psychotic episode can be educed whilst on illicit drugs and if you have a mental illness you may experience a more severe episode but in most cases one persons bad trip is as bad as someone with a mental illness.

(Source: sites.google.com)

Bucket of Emotions Blog →

fantastic page about a very brave girls story about battling mental illness but not letting it define who she is

Depression

Hi All, 

I am sorry I haven’t been able to post in a while, I have been really busy :S

But I thought I might talk about depression today because the past couple of weeks I have been exposed to depression and grief and sadness in all different kinds of ways and situations… not going to get into that though I just thought I should talk about depression and how people can be affected by it…

Depression can be triggered by recent events like family conflict, recent loss or disappointment, interpersonal conflict, poor working conditions, past bad experiences personality, and other events like these… it is totally unique to every individual as to what triggers the depression. Depression can even be a family inherited disposition.  There are different types of depression… I have copied the following from beyondblue website as they explain this well:

Different types of depression often have slightly different symptoms and may require different treatments. The five main types of depression are listed below. 

  • Major depression - a depressed mood that lasts for at least two weeks. This may also be referred to as clinical depression or unipolar depression.
  • Psychotic depression - a depressed mood which includes symptoms of psychosis. Psychosis involves seeing or hearing things that are not there (hallucinations), feeling everyone is against you (paranoia) and having delusions.
  • Dysthymia - a less severe depressed mood that lasts for years.
  • Mixed depression and anxiety - a combination of symptoms of depression  and anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder - (formerly known as manic depressive illness) - involves periods of feeling low (depressed) and high (manic). 

Is depression common?

Very common. Around one million Australian adults and 100,000 young people live with depression each year. On average, one in six people will experience depression in their lifetime - one in five females and one in eight males. ”

So I just wanted to talk about some common misconceptions about depression…

one of the most common is that people with depression are always sad and just attention seeking because they can just help themselves if they wanted to get rid of depression… 

- People with depression are not always sad… the depressive symptoms can be for 2 weeks, with feelings of hopelessness and absolute no will whereby they may not be able to motivate themselves to get out of bed. Sometimes these feelings can lead to thoughts of suicide which is a dark place to be in; it is a feeling of absolute no hope left where it is felt as if there is no one left that cares about you and all you can think of to stop the pain is to end it all. People with depression are not attention seeking, and if somebody is crying out for attention what is wrong with talking to them .. it may even save their life if they are contemplating suicide to know that there is someone out there for them.

The point being that one in six will experience depression at some point in their lives whether it be severe or not, every person has an individual experience with depression which can be either bearable or crippling to them, it is important not to judge and to offer support where you can if you notice they are stuggling.

Please reach out if you are contemplating suicide or you experience depression because you may surprise yourself with just how many people would be devistated if they lost you and just how much they are willing to help you and listen to you and care about you.

and to those who don’t experience depression, you never know which of your peers or family is suffering from depression or depressive symptoms and just how much offering help and your care can help, so try to be non-judgemental of people and instead ask them what is the matter or if there is anything you can do to help them

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A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

Albert Einstein

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.

Carl Jung (via onlinecounsellingcollege)