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I recently had a conversation centered around the idea of hopelessness and suicide. The conversation was dark, depressing and eye opening. I am always amazed when I speak with someone who does not believe in depression, at least in the clinical sense. They feel it is only in a person's mind and if they would just...DO something about it, it would be all right.
Unfortunately, depression is real. It is a living, breathing part of your everyday life if you have fallen under the spell. You cannot escape it without a dedicated plan that often includes counseling and medication.
What I find myself asking is, "Why do some people seem susceptible to depression when others do not?"
I have never known depression or hopelessness, but I have seen the devastating effects that it can have on people. I have even known people who fell in so deep they decided that life wasn't worth it. Suicide is the ultimate price of depression. It is not only paid by the person who takes their own life, but paid by family, friends and coworkers.
What are the signs? How could this have been prevented? At what point does the person sinking into the sea of hopelessness, despair and depression determine that they will never get out? Did they ask for help?
There are some simple, hard-faced truths when dealing with depression. Do not assume you can face it alone. Anyone who is struggling with intense depression needs a support system around them of friends and family. Some people need to work through their thoughts and feelings verbally with a neutral third party. Some need to treat the chemical imbalance in their body with medication to combat the depression.
Regardless of the severity of depression or how it is treated, one thing remains the same: get help. Get help as soon as you realize what is happening. Talk to your family and friends. Do not be embarrassed or ashamed. You are not crazy. What is happening to you is real and can be treated if you allow it to be. Do not ignore the signs.
The internet is a valuable resource for connecting to doctors, therapists and support groups in Sacramento. It is also a great resource for identifying your symptoms and reading more about what you are dealing with. Educate yourself so that you can educate those who care about you. Together you can overcome your fears.
Love yourself enough to get help.