Depression is a very common type of mental illness. Many people think that depression isn’t a real mental disorder but they are wrong. Coming from someone who has struggled from depression in the past I can tell you that it’s real and it’s a struggle.
On January 28 #bellletstalk was trending on Twitter. This hashtag was to get help people be aware of mental illness and for every tweet, retweet and text message the company bell donated 5 cents to mental illness. Hundreds of people kept the trend going in a positive way but there was also many people doubting and downgrading it as a false advertisement.
Some people think that depression is all in your head, this it’s a made up illness for “attention” or “laziness” but research shows it’s not. It’s an illness that can strike at anytime in someone’s life. According to the world health organization more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression and more of them are women than men. Did you know that an estimate of 1 million people commit suicide every year ?. That’s a lot….
Depression can be triggered by a whole bunch of different events in someone’s life like being bullied, family problems, a passing of a loved one, loneliness, etc. Some of the effects it has on people are mood changes, sadness, less work ability, poor functioning at school and home, lack of eating but worst of all suicide.
Lucky doctors have come up with different ways to treat this disease whether it’s medicine, mental help or even physical help but also many people on the Internet share their story’s which I think could help others understand more. You’d be surprised as to how many people on YouTube have uploaded videos talking about their struggle, what triggered it, who believed them, how they felt and what it felt like.
The video below is a young girl talking about what she went through, what occurred and how she handled it. Her username is ohitsanna and she published it on December 9th 2014.
So next time you hear someone talking about how “depression is fake” help them understand it’s not, let them know people going through it are struggling to get through the days and they need all the support they can get.
Now that you’ve read this I’m hoping I’ve somewhat changed your view on depression and helped you in some kind of way and I’d love to hear about your opinion.
Have you or someone you know struggled from depression?