Had some serious stuff go down on le facebook today. One of the people I went to highschool with (but am not friends with, so I only chanced to see this because of lax privacy settings) posted this: “I feel like I’m going to die of depression…”
Which, holy Whoa.
Friends jumped on with the “We’re here, call us” and the “don’t spend all your time in the house cards” but I just wanted to put out some resources for anyone else who finds themselves in the same boat. Depression affects an estimated 1 in 10 adults (including me, by the way. I’m currently in a therapy program again for postpartum depression, but I’ve had regular ole depression too.) Signs of depression include:
- Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
- Irritability, restlessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
- Overeating, or appetite loss
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
- Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not get better, even with treatment
Depression is a medical problem, and it’s not something most people “just get over.” Anti-depressants, psychotherapy, in-patient treatment, or any combination of the those things may be needed. Antidepressants need about 4-6 weeks to work, which is good to keep in mind when things don’t get better immediately.
If you’re depressed, and you’re thinking about killing yourself, don’t. Call 911 instead, or go to the local emergency room. Call your health practitioner. Call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255, or internet chat with their counselors at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
If you’re not in immediate crisis, still get help. Call your health practitioner, google the free mental health clinics- they exist and are there to help you-, just start. There’s a useful helpguide here. Just do what you can, get a small start. Stay focused.
We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.
Just hang on, hang on to the vine
Stay on, soon you’ll be divine
If you start to cry, look up to the sky
Something’s coming up ahead
to turn your tears to dew instead