The very tragic even of Pastor Rick Warren's son suicide sparks awareness of depression. It does not matter who you are, your background or where you live, depression affects millions without regard.
According to news sources, Warren's son suffered through depression for years, and he apparently tried the best doctors, counseling, medication, and prayer. None of those things saved his life.
We do not know why Warren's son suffered from depression, but we do know that depression is a debilitating disease that affects your family and personal life, friendships, your work, you name it, but we also know that depression can lead to suicide.
We also know that depression affects millions of people. Many struggle for years without even knowing they have it. Even worse...
Many know they are probably depressed but the "mental disease" label stigmatizes the issue. People see as a taboo subject, and do not seek understanding, and more importantly, professional help.
Who would go to a playground with their kids and meet other parents, "hello, nice to meet you. By the way, I'm depressed."
The stigma of depression also stems from calling it a mental illness.
What do you think of when "mental illness" is mentioned? Perhaps mental retardation, craziness, etc. Although those are aweful and sad diseases, lumping depression into the same category does nothing to help with the taboo.
People are too embarrassed to say "I'm depressed." Too close to saying, I'm mentally ill.
Depression hits most people in the world, due to grief or similar reasons, but it doesn't become a problem until the symptoms of depression do not pass after about two weeks.
As you would expect with an awful tragedy such as Warren's son suicide, there's a window of grief that is normal, but time usually does, or should, heal all wounds.
According to professional opinion, a person should seek help if still feeling depressed after two weeks.
You can also seek depression self help, and learn about depression.
This depression self help website seeks to help those who suffer from depression. The information shared here is nothing but research for methods that have been tried, and work.
If you are depressed, these depression self help techniques can only help you. It's a set of healing techniques that addresses the body as well as the mind and soul.
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