Thoughts on Depression & Some Personal Insights

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John Keating: They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? – – Carpe – – hear it? – – Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary – Dead Poets Society

The social media & news world was stunned & blind sided by the death of Robin Williams. A funnier than funny comedian and an amazing actor with tons of SERIOUS movies credits too. Some of his movies: Mrs. Doubtfire, Dead Poet’s Society, What Dreams May Come (I loved the song in this movie), Hook, Good Morning Vietnam, The Birdcage, Night at the Museum and more!

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Thank you Ewa for posting this one….

Depression is far more common than you think. There is such a stigma surrounding it. It is more acceptable now than in my younger years but people still feel ashamed to talk about it or admit they have battled this disease.

In fact comedians, the ones that make us laugh, are also the ones that feel life so much more than many. They also hide behind their feelings by making other people laugh There is a large list of comedians that fought & are still fighting this disease.

Here is the thing – many of us right now – some even reading this – are fighting or have fought depression. I have read blog posts about this too!

I had quite a time with depression in perimenopause. It can be one of the many symptoms that women battle during the hormone change years. It is not only during those “cycle years” that we fight our emotions. It’s very tough during perimenopause & even menopause for many! Be kind……

I also fought depression in my younger years. Most of my family does not know this – I hid it. In fact in high school I tried to be the funny one. The one that tried to make people smile & laugh but hid behind some very tough unhappy thoughts. I am not sure if it was depression or just not happy with myself back then. I had always fought the “like myself” thru childhood into adulthood.

As an adult though, I did have times when I battled depression on my own. I did not want to bother others with it. I did not ask for help. I just worked thru it on my own. Be Kind…..

 

SO THE THING ABOUT DEPRESSION IS WE NEVER KNOW WHEN PEOPLE ARE HIDING IT, FIGHTING IT, STRUGGLING WITH IT, FIGHTING LIFE…

Always remember that we never know what inner battle people are fighting or hiding. Take a breath before you speak or act. Be kind to others.

AND BE KIND TO YOURSELF! There is NEVER any shame in asking for help – reach out – you will be surprised how many will be there to catch you!

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If you feel the need for help OR feel like you want to take you life, this is a respected resource:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24 Hour – Local Referrals
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
1-888-628-9454 (En Espanol)
1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
Veterans press “1”

Feel free to leave or not leave comments. If you have anything you care to share on depression that you think will help others, please do.. thank you!

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  1. I hoped I would see some views shared on “blogs”. So far yours is the first I’ve come across. Thank you. I feel people will shy away from making it personal(just keeping it about Robin Williams and not the guy we meet on the street or ourselves) but you kept it real. This helps remind us all everyone has something they battle so be kind to all. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Tess, I always appreciate your comments – thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Just like everyone else, I was so shocked by the death of Robin Williams. It has opened an incredible discussion about depression that is long overdue. I hope that the discussion inspires people to ask for help or to be a better support system for those who suffer from this illness. Thank you for sharing your story.

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    1. Jennifer – I agree & hope it does let people know it is OK to ask for help! Thx so much for commenting! The support system is crucial too!

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  3. Well said, I hope we all realize we are in this together and trust each other. Trust others with our feelings and emotions…once we see others are going through many of the same things it helps. We are not alone.

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    1. Thx Heather – we really just do not know – people hide things well…

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  4. I was shocked about Williams, for sure, but not as shocked as I was when I lost my 27 year old dear friend, Fred who was like a kid brother, a month ago either from an accidental suicide or an intentional one!!

    My advice, if you have to think about suicide, keep it an option, you will feel better in time. There is life after depression. It will pass!

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    1. I am so sorry DR. J!!!!! Thank you for your advice too!

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  5. Depression is hard. You can’t tell someone just to be happy or ‘fake it til you make it’. That doesn’t work with a deep dark depression. All you can do is to let them know you are there for them and make sure they know what outlets are available.

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  6. I have had friends who have suffered with depression and it is such a life changing disease. I feel as though some people miss that part – it is not a choice, it is a disease.

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    1. YES, it is a disease Abby!!! Thx for sharing!

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  7. Well said. Yes, be kind to oneself and others.

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  8. Thank you for sharing your past. Yes, we need support. We need kindness. We need to love each other and ourselves

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    1. Thx Lindsay & loved your comment!!!

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  9. Great post, Jody – I think that we often think a smile means someone is great when in reality it is often just part of a mask!
    I think that depression is just like any disease and HAS to be treated by a DR!!!

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    1. So true Kim… people hide it with a smile & it is a disease for sure!

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