Those that think we can turn depression off and on like a light switch have never experienced real depression. Being “sad”, or “low”, or “bummed out”, or “down in the dumps” happens to everyone. This is not depression.
There are many TYPES of depression and many, many different symptoms for them. I had one commenter describe her depression as feeling “empty inside”. I’ve described it as being in a black pit, kept from the light. Both are excellent descriptions.
This, in part, is a comment I received from someone on the subject. “ I strongly disagree with a statement you made though, which is why this comment. “Depression” is not an illness, but an emotional state of being that any human being might find themselves “feeling”.
Human beings are not powerless over their own emotions and “feelings”, be they positive or negative.”
You won’t find the complete comment because I refuse to give credence to this way of thinking.
I know that we are not powerless over our feelings. People who suffer from chronic depression deal with that every day. We put on a smile and go about our daily lives. There is no other choice.
This is just a snippet of an article that I found on the website Very Well Mind.com, an excellent website with lots of good information on the subject.
Depression and Suicide
Depression and suicide are linked, with an estimate that up to 60 percent of people who commit suicide have major depression. However, millions of Americans have depression and this figure doesn’t mean most people with depression will attempt suicide. A study by the Mayo Clinic in 2000 found the rate of suicide among patients with depression was between 2 and 9 percent, while older studies using stricter definitions said it was around 15 percent.
Every time I write about depression, my views skyrocket. Take this for example:
The spike you see on April 4th is because of my last piece on depression. If depression is just a “feeling”, why are there so many people looking for and looking at this subject?
Another piece of that comment that I received is this: “Ergo, changing ones thinking results in a change of emotional states…”
So I can just snap out of it? Brilliant!! Why didn’t I think of that!?
Anyone that thinks that a person with Clinical Depression can just change their mind and come out of it must be either living under a rock or completely stupid.
This is an excellent article written by the Mayo Clinic on Clinical Depression: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/expert-answers/clinical-depression/faq-20057770
I continue to write about depression and it’s horrifying statistics, so that possibly, someday, this type of “snap out of it” way of thinking is gone.
I could give tons of reasons and spout statistics until I’m blue in the face, but some people just don’t get it. Unfortunately, this adds to the stigma on the subject.
EVERY DAY 121 Americans commit suicide. 50% of those people suffered from depression. Reason enough to write about it? I thought so too. If you need help -The Suicide Prevention Hotline, available 24/7 is 1-800-273-8255 Is talking to someone too much for you? It was for me at times. There is a Crisis Text Line. Text 741741 and you can text with a counselor.
As always, thank you for joining me on this journey. ❤ Penny