The stigma of mental illness in this country has to be eliminated by all of us working together and through education. The bigotry; the name calling; the discrimination! The fear of losing a job is not acceptable.
I saw a story in the news, whereby a young man about 21 years old, in college, was having problems with his inner self...and suicidal thoughts were coming into his mind! He was scared about what he might do, as anyone would be scared, too. He went to get help and the local mental health center in his town, and started working on his problem.
When university officials found out about this, they expelled the young man from the universtiy! I was amazed when I read this, and the university officials in this case should be ashamed! The story went on to say, that the young man had sued the university, and I hope he gets all he can out of them! And I hope it sends a message that this type of behavior by the school officials is not acceptable.
As I said earlier, I didn't know that much about depression until I went out on the Internet to educate myself. Just about everywhere I went, I found these two words were almost companions...the words "depression and suicide!"
From: National Institute of Mental Health (nimh.gov)
In any given period, 9.5% of the population, or 18.5 million American Adults, suffer from depressive illness. The economic cost for this disorder is high, but the cost of human suffering cannot be estimated! Depressive illness often interferes with normal functioning and causes pain and suffering, not only to those who have the disorder, but those who care for them. Serious depression can destroy family life, as well as the life of the ill person, etc.
Depression is a serious medical condition which can lead to the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior. Although most people who are depressed do not kill themselves, untreated depression can increase the risk of possible suicide. Whether or not they intend to act on these thoughts. Severely depressed people often do not have the energy to harm themselves, but it is when the depression lifts, and they can gain increased energy, that they may be more likely to attempt suicide!
From: Psychology Online (psychologinfo.com
Impact of depression causes tremendous emotional pain; disrupts lives of millions of people; adversely affects the lives of families and friends; reduces work production and absenteeism; has a negative impact on the economy...costing an estimated 44 billion dollars per year!
From: American Psychologicial Association
Some people with depression try to harm themselves in the mistaken belief that how they are feeling will never change.
From: Depression Resource Center.org
Research over the past two decades has shown tht depression and heart disease are common companions, and what is worse...one can lead to the other! It appears now that depression is an important risk factor for heart disease along with high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
From: Real Age Depression.org
Major depression is a major cause of disability in the United States and world-wide.
Over the past decade or so, I have lost SIX job by way of layoffs...all for legitimate reasons such as companies closing; defense cuts; down-sizing and so forth. I have never been fired from a job or lost a job because of attitude or poor attendance, etc. But, during all this awful time, I was suffering from depression and didn't know it. After I was hospitalized, I started learning more about depression, take the necessary medication to help me to cope, and now I hope I can help someone else suffering as I did.
As I said previously, Americans have to eliminate the stigma concerning mental illness from our society, and everyone has to do their part! I use the house fire that happened to the elderly couple, because something like this can happen to any one of us!
Parents have to teach their children that it's wrong to poke fun or tease others with mental illness OR any illness...and tease someone who may be having trouble coping, etc. If there's any place the Golden Rule applies...it applies here...do unto others...as you would have them do unto you!