It’s easier for someone to tell people that they have a broken leg than to tell people they have depression. There so much people do not know about mental illnesses and there is so much pressure on people with these mental illnesses. Rachel Roberts, a journalist from Independent.co, has said “The lack of understanding of the condition and prejudice towards those who suffer from it remain barriers to effective treatment” (Roberts). People are scared of coming forward because they’re scared of being judged or treated differently. In article written by Opposing Viewpoints in Context, it explained that if the stigma towards mental illnesses continues, no one will want to come forward and receive treatment, they will stay silent and the problem won’t get better (Mental Disorders).
Depression is not just a sad feeling or an attention seeker like society thinks, it is a serious mental illness that is common in many Americans, makes it difficult to live in a normal way, can be life threatening, and with the proper help is treatable. First, depression is a mental illness that makes living a normal life hard. When facing this serious medical condition, you can feel anxious, incredibly sad, or even have an “empty” or “numb” feeling (“Merriam-Webster”). These feelings cause you to not want to do things you normally would find joy in. Your
They may seem like two different topics but they are completely related. Depression is not the same for everybody. It is a serious mood disorder that changes the way people think, feel, and act. Depression is not feeling sad for just a day or two; it is the loss of hope, and feeling like suicide may appear to be a reasonable answer. They start to believe that suicide is reasonable because having depression makes you start to think irrationally, and you begin to have an overemphasis of reality, you begin to focus on only the bad things that happen to you in your life and it seems worse than what it really is and this creates what they would call a “snowball effect”.
People who are suicidal are often misunderstood as people who cannot be helped or who are just crazy. Others often think that suicidal individuals will be suicidal regardless how others treat them (both positively and negatively). Although, the truth is not all suicide can be prevented but most can. Suicide may be avoided though knowing the warning signs, school interference and going through therapy. Although, to rational people suicide never fixes anything but, to suicidal individuals it is the only way of escaping their problems.
"Throughout history, explanations for illness have commonly blamed ill persons for their illnesses. Such explanations encourage policy makers to ignore how social and environmental factors can foster illness (Weitz, 20120)." The society need to recognize that it is not the person’s fault when they are emotionally or mentally ill. People in the society need to realize that those who tend to harm themselves or others and commit suicide are suffering from a serious mental illness. Another reason why there are some people that commit suicide is because of how they get treated by the people around them. For example, gay and lesbian people were not socially acceptable until lately, even now, it is still not entirely socially acceptable even though the same sex marriage is already legally recognized in the whole United States.
Still today, one of the biggest challenges is being able to talk to that person about their addiction. Even though I personally have not had the opportunity to speak to a loved one or acquaintance about an addiction. Research shows when confronting a person with a problem; it takes preparation, patience, and being totally honest with that individual. Talking to someone with a dependency is something that most people avoid because people like myself would not want others mending in our lives; we, even, tend to believe that it is not our problem how much our f... ... middle of paper ... ...was able to. Thus, what did start out as a simple little habit became an addiction to nicotine.
However, after a short amount of time, the individual will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms and become very ill. The addict then will have to continue taking the drugs to feel normal again. Even though using the drug is causing terrible health, legal, or family problems, the drug abuser cannot stop taking it on their own. They need help to stop using drugs, however sometimes the addict is too ashamed to ask for assistance from anyone. Yet, other people who are addicted do not believe their addiction problems are out of control.
Untreated clinical depression can cause a lot of suffering. Many of those who go to the doctor for help and tell them the symptoms that they are feeling are often not diagnosed and do not get treatment for their illness. People with suicidal thoughts should be taken very seriously especially if they have already attempted taking their own life away. Depression is a serious illness and those who do suffer from it need help. Some people fake having depression for who knows what reasons.
What is sad about depression is that it has driven many people to commit self-harm or even suicide. A startling trend is that many people that have a depressive illness never seek professional help or treatment. What is startling about this is that even people with the most severe forms of depression can get
“The majority of people contemplating suicide don't really want to die. They are seeking an end to intense mental and/or physical pain. Most have a treatable mental illness. Interventions can save lives.” (“States News Service”) Suicide is a very serious condition that affects the lives of not only the individual who commits suicide, but it affects all the people who are involved with that individual. When we can separate the facts from the myths about suicide, we could possibly prevent a suicide and save someone’s life.